Finding out what stores accept EBT card/Food Stamp benefits can be an extremely frustrating process. Our Q&A EBT store series will help you find out which stores accept EBT cards in your area.
In this article, we will answer one of our most-frequently asked EBT card questions. Can I use my EBT card at 7-Eleven? We will provide a detailed answer to this question, including a full list of EBT eligible food items that can be purchased at 7-Eleven. In addition, we will explain the rules regarding the items you can and cannot buy with your EBT card at 7-Eleven.
Since 7-Eleven is one of the most popular convenience stores with over 56,000 locations, it’s not surprising that EBT card holders want to find out if they can use their EBT cards there. Especially since 7-Eleven continues to expand its food options to include hot meals such as pizza, sandwiches, and hot dogs.
To find out if 7-Eleven accepts EBT cards as a form of payment, keep reading below.
Can I use my EBT card at 7-Eleven?
Yes, you can use your EBT card at any 7-Eleven location in the United States to purchase eligible food stamp items. There are over 56,000 7-Eleven convenience stores located in all 50 states that accept EBT cards as payment for eligible food items.
How to use your EBT card at 7-Eleven
If you want to use your EBT card at 7-Eleven to redeem your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at 7-Eleven using your EBT card, simply select the items you wish to purchase as normal and checkout at any of their available cash register terminals.
You can use your EBT card just like a normal debit card at the cash register terminal. Once you swipe your card, you’ll be prompted to enter your 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN).
You must have this information in order to complete the transaction. Be sure to only select eligible food items when redeeming SNAP benefits at 7-Eleven using your EBT card.
To find a 7-Eleven location, click here.
If you are not sure which items are eligible to be purchased using your EBT benefits? Check out our list below.
Can I buy a Slurpee with EBT Card?
Yes, you can use your EBT card to buy a Slurpee from 7-Eleven if it is intended for at-home consumption. You cannot buy a Slurpees with EBT card if you plan to consume it on-site because it is considered a “ready-to-eat” food item by the USDA.
If you would like to know what other items you can purchase at 7-Eleven with your EBT card, continue reading below.
List of Eligible Food Stamps Items
Here are the eligible food stamp items you can buy with your EBT card, including at 7-Eleven locations:
- Bread, cereal, granola bars
- Pizza – all variety
- Dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese, etc.)
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Poultry & Meat Products
- Dessert Items (ice cream, brownies, cookies, etc.)
- Candy (Hershey’s, Snickers, Reese’s, etc.)
- Frozen food items (frozen meals)
- Soft Drinks & Coffee (Dr.Pepper, Arizona Tea, Juice, etc.)
- Snack Crackers and Chips (potato chips, crackers, pretzels, etc.)
- Seeds, Nuts, and Plants (cashews, nut variety packs, peanut butter, etc.)
Your EBT card cannot be used to purchase supplement products such as protein bars at 7-Eleven.
More items that cannot be purchased at 7-Eleven using your EBT card include vitamins, medicine, household products, cleaning supplies, alcohol, tobacco, feminine products and cosmetics.
Popular EBT Store Questions
Like 7-Eleven, there are several other popular EBT stores that accept EBT cards. If you would like to know if you can use your EBT card at a specific store, click the link in the list provided below.
Find out the answer to our most-asked EBT store questions for:
Food Stamps Fraud
If you buy foods or items that are not on the approved list, you are committing food stamps fraud, which can land you in jail.
The USDA is serious about arresting business owners who allow cardholders to use their benefits for illegal items. Also, EBT cardholders who are caught not only could go to jail but are may be denied future benefits, in some cases FOREVER.
Possible Punishment for Food Stamps Fraud
Here are the possible penalties you could face if you are caught committing food stamps fraud:
- A jail or prison sentence — possibly served in a federal prison
- Expensive fines and court fees
- A permanent criminal record that can affect your ability to get a job or rent an apartment
- Loss of your food stamp benefits
- An order to pay restitution
- Possible effects on your immigration status if you’re a non-U.S. citizen, including deportation or denial of your application for an immigration visa, green card, or citizenship
In addition to possible jail time, you will lose your food stamps benefits if you are found guilty of food stamps fraud. Here is how long you may lose your benefits based on how many times you’ve been caught committing food stamps fraud.
|First, fraud/intentional program violation||12-month ban from receiving food stamps|
|Second, fraud/intentional program violation||24-month ban from receiving food stamps|
|Third, fraud/intentional program violation||A permanent ban from receiving food stamps|
|Last, providing a false statement with respect to identity or place of residence in order to receive multiple food stamps benefit simultaneously||10-year ban from receiving food stamps|
We hope this post was helpful to you. If you would like us to find more retailers that accept EBT, please leave your suggestions in the comment section below. We love to hear from you!