With over 905 stores operating in the United States, Wawa is a popular convenience store that enjoys a level of popularity on the East Coast likened to a cult following. One of the questions we often get from food stamps recipients is this – Does Wawa Take EBT? Can you use your EBT Card at Wawa to buy hot food like Chicken Caesar Wrap, Mac & Cheese, hot pizza, Buffalo Chicken Bites, The Gobbler, or cold drinks like soda and Frozen Cappuccino? How about ice cream?
In this post, we will provide answers to these questions, including a list of what you can and cannot purchase with food stamps at Wawa.
Additionally, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about using EBT at Wawa.
Lastly, we will show you how you can find the nearest Wawa store near you.
Table of Contents:
- About Wawa
- Popular Food Items at Wawa
- Does Wawa Take EBT?
- What can you buy with Food Stamps EBT at Wawa?
- What you cannot purchase at Wawa with Food Stamps EBT
- FAQs about What You Can Buy At Wawa With EBT
- How to Find a Wawa Store Nearby
- Other stores that take SNAP EBT Benefits
Wawa is a chain of convenience stores and gas stations located along the East Coast of the United States, operating in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Florida.
According to the company’s website, the stores “offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, freshly brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, built-to-order specialty beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides, and snacks“.
In 2022, there were a total of 950 Wawa convenience stores in operation throughout the United States.
Popular Food Items at Wawa
Here’s a list of the 25 most popular food items at Wawa, according to Thrillist (ranked).
1. Frozen Cappuccino
2. The Gobbler
3. The hoagies
4. The coffee
5. The cannoli dip and chips
6. Key lime parfait
7. Thai-style chicken mango salad with Thai dressing
8. The mac & cheese
9. Apple caramel dippers
10. Turkey club sandwich
11. Everything pretzels
12. Protein power pack
13. Kale and quinoa salad
14. Jalapeño stuffed pretzel
15. Buffalo chicken bites
16. Apple slices
17. Chicken Caesar wrap
18. Hash browns
19. Turkey pinwheels
20. Cheese and crackers
21. Chicken Sriracha wrap
22. Cheddar jalapeño bites
23. Mozzarella sticks
24. Cookie dough parfait
25. Tiny packs of baby carrots
Does Wawa Take EBT?
Yes, Wawa accepts SNAP EBT cards at most stores in the United States.
However, there is a strict list of items you are allowed to purchase with your food stamps EBT card at convenience stores like Wawa.
Essentially, you can only use your food stamps at Wawa to purchase food that you are going to take home to prepare.
That means not all food items sold at Wawa are eligible to be purchased with SNAP EBT.
Additionally, you cannot use your SNAP/Food Stamps EBT benefits to purchase any non-food items sold at Wawa.
See below for a list of the food items you can purchase with your SNAP EBT benefits at Wawa.
Exceptions for TANF EBT Cards
Most states issue Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits on EBT cards.
There is more flexibility with TANF EBT cards.
As a result, you are able to use TANF EBT to purchase hot food items, including the ones listed above.
Additionally, you can withdraw money from an ATM with TANF EBT cards, which is prohibited under SNAP EBT card rules.
What can you buy with Food Stamps EBT at Wawa?
Here are some examples of food that can be purchased using SNAP EBT cards or food stamps at Wawa:
- Fruits, vegetables, and produce
- Ice Cream
- Breakfast cereal
- Meats and poultry
- Energy Drinks with Nutrition Labels
- Pasta, rice, and tortillas
- Pre-packaged snacks
- Canned legumes and fish
- Peanut butter
What you cannot purchase at Wawa with Food Stamps EBT
You are prohibited from purchasing the following items at Wawa with your SNAP EBT benefits.
- Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
- Vitamins, medicines, and supplements.
- Live animals (except shellfish, fish, and animals).
- Foods that are hot when sold.
- Cleaning supplies
- Paper products
- Pet foods
- Hygiene items
FAQs about What You Can Buy At Wawa With EBT
Here are the most frequently asked questions about what you can and cannot buy with SNAP EBT benefits (Food Stamps) at Wawa.
Can buy hoagie from Wawa with food stamps?
No, you cannot use SNAP EBT to purchase hoagie – or any hot items such as soup or toasted sandwiches at Wawa.
However, you can buy packaged sandwiches with your EBT card at Wawa for home consumption.
Can you purchase Smoothies at Wawa with SNAP EBT?
Yes. You can purchase Wawa smoothies with your SNAP EBT benefits as they are cold beverages.
According to the USDA website, Cold drinks (such as fountain drinks, slushies, iced coffee, smoothies, and other similar items, etc.) are eligible for SNAP EBT purchase if they are intended for home consumption.
Also, the fact that a drink may be sipped while the customer is standing in line does not render it ineligible, as long as it is not otherwise intended for consumption on store premises.
However, hot drinks (such as coffee, lattes, tea, etc.) are not eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.
Generally, hot food items are not eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.
Does Wawa take food stamps for hot food?
No. Hot food items are not eligible for purchase with SNAP EBT benefits.
How to Find a Wawa Store Nearby
To find a Wawa convenience store in your area, simply use the Wawa store locator.
Once on the website, you can find the nearest Wawa convenience store by entering your Street, City, State, or Zip Code, then hit the “Search” icon, as shown below.
Other stores that take SNAP EBT Benefits
Here’s a list of other stores that take SNAP EBT Benefits:
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods
- Sprouts Farmers Market
- Sam’s Club
- Save A LotShiloh Farms
- Great Valu
- Redner’s Markets
- Grocery Outlet
- Weis Markets
- Giant Food Stores
Gas Stations & Convenience Stores
Here’s a list of some of the most popular convenience stores in the United States that take EBT.
- Murphy USA
- Casey’s General Store
- Royal Farms
- Love’s Travel Stops
- Cumberland Farms
- Circle K
- Stewart’s Shops
- Kum & Go
- Murphy USA
- Kelley’s Market
- Jacksons Food Stores
- Kwik Trip
- Rite Aid
- Duane Reade
- Dollar Tree
- Dollar General
- Family Dollar
Summary – Does Wawa Take EBT?
Bottom Line: Yes, Wawa stores in the United States accept Food Stamps.
However, you cannot purchase hot food that can be consumed at the store with SNAP EBT.
Additionally, you are prohibited from buying non-food items at Wawa with your food stamps.
We hope this post on the question – “Does Wawa Take EBT?” was helpful.
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