Here is great news for all EBT Card holders. Amazon.com, the retail giant that also sells groceries online is entering the food stamps market by allowing EBT Card Holders to buy groceries online and have them delivered right to their doorsteps, by offering them Amazon Prime at a discount. If you are not familiar with the great benefits of having Amazon Prime EBT, here is what it’s all about:
Benefits of Amazon Prime
Super Speedy Shipping
The best known benefit of having Amazon prime is the Free 2-day shipping. Products that qualify for the free 2-day shipping will have the Amazon Prime designation next to them, and you will see this designation once you are logged in as a Prime member. In addition, if you need your items even faster, you can get free 2-hour delivery with Prime Now. The service only offers a limited selection of items — which vary depending on your location — but covers the gamut of what you’d find in a typical big box store. The highlight of Prime Now is perishables: These speedy deliveries mean you can order things like milk and eggs, which is why having Amazon Prime as an EBT Card holder is going to be so important because you can order groceries and depending on where you live, you can have them delivered to you in hours.
Prime Now and same-day delivery (orders delivered by 9pm that evening) are only available in 29 metropolitan areas in the US but Amazon is working to add them to more locations and knowing how Amazon.com has operated in the past, it is our expectation that Amazon prime Now will be released nationwide.
Other Amazon Prime Benefits
But there is more to Amazon Prime than super fast shipping of stuff, including groceries. You can get the following other benefits, including streaming FREE streaming of TV Shows, Movies and Music and access to Audio Books.
Amazon Prime EBT Sign-up
Amazon.com is entering the Food Stamps and EBT market. The company wants to make it affordable for people with EBT Cards to not only shop on Amazon.com but also buy groceries from Amazon and have them delivered quickly, through Amazon Prime. Amazon.com currently has 20% of the online grocery market and with their recent purchase of Whole Foods, that market share is definitely going to grow.
To entice EBT Card holders, Amazon is offering Amazon Prime EBT membership at $5.99 a month to EBT Card holders. Amazon prime is usually $99 per year. This is therefore a significant discount on Prime Membership. CLICK HERE to sign up for the Amazon Prime EBT Discount. You will have to verify that you have a valid EBT Card.
Note: You cannot pay for your Amazon Prime EBT membership using your EBT Card.
Can I use EBT Card to Buy Groceries on Amazon?
The United States Department of Agriculture is conducting a pilot program to allow Food Stamps EBT Card holders to buy groceries from Amazon.com. Amazon is part of 10 retailers participating in the program. As part of the pilot, EBT Cardholders from the following states can use their EBT Card to buy food on Amazon.com:
- New Jersey
- New York
The United States Department of Agriculture plans to expand the program nationwide. We will let you know when the program expands nationwide. If you live in the states listed above and want to use your EBT Card to buy food on Amazon.com, click here for the Amazon EBT Online Shopping.