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Great News for Pennsylvania Food Stamps Recipients!! You can now shop for groceries online on Amazon and the best part is you can pay with your ACCESS SNAP EBT card. If you are on Food Stamps and have an EBT card, you can now get buy groceries from Amazon Fresh and Amazon Grocery, pay with SNAP, and have them delivered to you.

Why is this a great deal?

Until recently, SNAP EBT recipients were unable to use their food stamps online. Since COVID-19 began, the USDA has expanded an online purchasing pilot to include most states (see below).

As a result, you can now use your SNAP EBT card to shop online with select merchants, including Amazon and Walmart.

In this post, we will provide a detailed review of how you can add your SNAP EBT card to your Amazon account and shop online.

We will also cover:

  • EBT Online Purchasing Pilot Program
  • How to Use Pennsylvania SNAP EBT Online at Amazon
  • Guide to Amazon Grocery and Amazon Fresh
  • Pennsylvania SNAP FAQs

"How to Use Pennsylvania SNAP EBT Online at Amazon"

EBT Online Purchasing Pilot Program

The United States Department of Agriculture, the federal agency that oversees the foods stamps program started the Online Purchasing Pilot in January 2017 with select retailers for the initial launch of the EBT Online Purchasing Pilot.

The first state to actually launch an online EBT program was New York, starting in 2019.

Since New York launched its program, more states have followed.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA expanded the program to include nearly the entire country.

As of April 2022, 49 states and the District of Columbia have been added to the pilot program to allow SNAP recipients the option to shop online with their EBT cards for delivery or pickup.

You can now use your ACCESS SNAP EBT Card to shop online at the following places in the state of Pennsylvania:

  • ALDI
  • Amazon
  • Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy
  • FRESH by Brookshire’s
  • H-E-B
  • Joe V’s Smart Shop
  • Sam’s Club Scan and Go
  • Spring Market
  • Super 1 Foods
  • Walmart

As you can see above, Amazon is one of the stores approved for Pennsylvania SNAP EBT shopping online.

For a step-by-step guide on how to add your Pennsylvania SNAP EBT card to Amazon and purchase groceries online for delivery, continue reading below.

How to Use Pennsylvania SNAP EBT Online at Amazon

Here’s how you can use your Pennsylvania SNAP EBT card to buy groceries online from Amazon for Delivery.

Here are the steps to pay for your Amazon Groceries with your EBT Card.

Step 1 – Log into Amazon or Create an Account

The first step in the process is to add your EBT card to your Amazon account. Click here to get started.

You will be taken to a page like the one below where you will be required to sign in to your Amazon account, as shown below.

If you do not have an Amazon account, click on the “Create your Amazon account” as shown by the arrow below.

Next, you will then be asked to enter your email address/phone number and password to sign in.

Step 2 – Add your Food Stamps EBT card to Amazon

After you log into your Amazon account, you will be taken to a page like the one below, where you will be asked to enter your SNAP EBT Card Number

Once you enter the requested information, click “Continue” to complete the process.

Step 3 – Shop Amazon Groceries

Now that you have added your EBT card to your Amazon account, you can now shop for groceries on Amazon.

Below are the Amazon grocery options available to you. Click on each to be taken to the grocery page.

Below is a summary of what you get with Amazon Grocery and Amazon Fresh with your food stamps EBT card.

For the difference between Amazon Grocery and Amazon Fresh, see our FAQs section below.

NOTE: You are not allowed to use your food stamps EBT card to pay for shipping or delivery costs.

Therefore, if you want free delivery, be sure to note the free shipping minimums for each program as stated below.

Amazon Fresh

Here is what you can buy on Amazon Fresh with your EBT Card

  • Groceries and fresh produce
  • Get FREE access to Amazon Fresh when you add your SNAP EBT card
  • Look for items labeled Amazon Fresh
  • Free shipping on eligible orders over $35 (over $50 in select regions)
  • Available in select regions

The video below provides a great explanation of AmazonFresh and how it works.

Go to Amazon Fresh.

Amazon Grocery

Here is what you can buy on Amazon Grocery with your EBT Card

  • Large packs, everyday food
  • SNAP EBT can be used on eligible items that are shipped and sold by Amazon
  • Free shipping on eligible orders over $25

Go to Amazon Grocery.

Step 4 – Enter your EBT PIN to pay

When you are ready to checkout, the final step in the process is to enter your food stamp EBT card pin number to confirm your identity and ownership of the card.

Discounted Amazon Prime Membership

As a Pennsylvania SNAP EBT Cardholder, you can get over 50% OFF Amazon Prime when you sign up with your EBT Card. 

With the Amazon Prime EBT discount, you can get all the great benefits of Prime at a fraction of the cost.

Also, as an Amazon Prime member, you get FREE shipping on Amazon Fresh groceries.

The regular Amazon Prime monthly membership fee is $14.99. As a Pennsylvania SNAP EBT cardholder, you get Amazon Prime for $6.99 per month.

That’s more than a 50% discount on the regular membership fee.

Best of all, you can try Amazon Prime for FREE for 30 days. After 30 days, you can sign up for the SNAP EBT discount.

Click here to sign up for a FREE 30-day trial of Amazon Prime.

For just $6.99 per month you get all these EBT Amazon Prime benefits:

  • One-Day FREE Shipping on millions of eligible Amazon items
  • Two-Day FREE Shipping on millions of eligible Amazon items
  • Access to instantly stream thousands of Free Movies & TV Shows
  • Access to Unlimited FREE Prime Music streaming
  • FREE 2-Hour Delivery on Prime Now items

CLICK HERE to Sign up and Save with the Amazon Prime Discount for EBT Cardholders.

Pennsylvania SNAP FAQs

Here is a list of our most frequently asked about the Pennsylvania SNAP. 

How Long Can I Recieve Amazon SNAP EBT Discounts?

Once you have signed up and added your Pennsylvania EBT card to your Amazon account, you must re-qualify for those discounts every twelve months.

This means that 12 months after you sign up, and every 12 months after, you have to prove that you are still a SNAP recipient to continue to get any Amazon benefits that are specifically for SNAP recipients.

Also, only personal Amazon accounts can qualify for select discounts with a SNAP EBT card. Amazon Business accounts are not eligible for SNAP EBT payment.

What Can I buy Online at Amazon with SNAP EBT?

Here is the list of items you can purchase with your Pennsylvania ACCESS card on Amazon:

  • Fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products.
  • Breads, cereals, canned vegetables, and pantry staples.
  • Other foods such as snacks, seeds, and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Look for items labeled SNAP EBT Eligible.

Can I Use My Pennsylvania EBT Card To Pay for a Prime Membership?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your EBT card to purchase an Amazon Prime membership.

However, Amazon does offer a discounted membership for SNAP households. Click here to sign up for a FREE 30-day trial of Amazon Prime.

Can I Use Coupons on Amazon SNAP Orders?

Yes, but they have to be Amazon online coupons.

While Amazon does not accept paper coupons, the company does offer its own online coupons that can be applied to SNAP orders.

For more information, visit the Amazon Coupons page for details on how to use Amazon coupons on SNAP and other orders.

Do I have to work while I am on food stamps?

If you are an able-bodied adult between the ages of 16 and 59, you’ll need to register for work to get food stamps. There are some exceptions.

In most cases, you must work at least 20 hours a week.

If you fall below 20 hours a week, you must report that change to your SNAP caseworker.

Where can I shop with my Pennsylvania EBT card?

To find an authorized SNAP retailer near you, click here.

Next, click on the “Select Location” button and enter a starting location (enter city & state, zip code or a full address).

Position your cursor over a map point or use the table below the map to get details.

Local participating grocery stores include but are not limited to:

  • Acme Markets
  • ALDI
  • Giant Eagle
  • Giant Food Store
  • Shop N Save
  • Super Fresh
  • Turkey Hill Mini Market
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter
  • Wawa Food Markets
  • Wegmans
  • Weis Markets

To find local farmers markets that accept SNAP EBT, click here!

How much will I get in Food Stamps in Pennsylvania?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is increasing the SNAP maximum allotments for all household sizes.

This increase went into effect on October 1, 2021.

Here are the new maximum SNAP allotments by household size that you may potentially be eligible for:

$250 for an individual
$459 for a Household of 2
$658 for a Household of 3
$835 for a Household of 4
$992 for a Household of 5
$1,190 for a Household of 6
$1,316 for a Household of 7
$1,504 for a Household of 8

When Will I Recieve my PA SNAP Benefits?

In the state of Pennsylvania, each county distributes SNAP benefits to those who qualify.

Payments are not made on a single day of the month.

Instead, Food Stamps Benefits are deposited on EBT Cards over the first 10 business days of every month.

Additionally, Cash Assistance Benefits are deposited between the 11th and 20th business day of the month.

When your food stamps benefit or cash assistance benefit is deposited on your EBT Card depends on the last digit of your case number.

See below for the SNAP payment schedule for Pennsylvania for April 2022.

The last digit of your Case Number ends in SNAP Benefits are available on the
1 1st business day of the month
2 2nd business day of the month
3 3rd business day of the month
4 4th business day of the month
5 5th business day of the month
6 6th business day of the month
7 7th business day of the month
8 8th business day of the month
9 9th business day of the month
0 10th business day of the month

Any remaining balance on your EBT card is added to the next month’s balance.

Here is the schedule of payment based on the last digit of your case number:

The last digit of your Case Number ends in Cash Benefits are available on the
1 11th business day of the month
2 12th business day of the month
3 13th business day of the month
4 14th business day of the month
5 15th business day of the month
6 16th business day of the month
7 17th business day of the month
8 18th business day of the month
9 19th business day of the month
10 20th business day of the month

PA Food Stamps Calculator Questions

We hope you found this article on the PA Food Stamps Calculator was helpful to you! If you have any additional questions about how to calculate how much you can expect receive in Pennsylvania SNAP EBT benefits, please let us know in the comments section below.

If the meantime, check out our other articles on Pennsylvania Food Stamps:

PA Food Stamps Income Limit for 2022
Pennsylvania Food Stamps Eligibility Guide
Pennsylvania EBT Card Discounts & Freebies
2022 Pennsylvania Food Stamps Increase
Pennsylvania Food Stamps FAQs
Philadelphia Food Stamps Guide for 2022

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Kwame Kuadey writes about personal finance and the social safety net. His career started in banking but he caught the entrepreneurial bug and has spent the last decade building successful businesses, including an Inc. 500 Company. Kwame believes everyone has the power to improve their quality of life by seeking knowledge and taking action. In 2012, Kwame founded Empower Media to help low-income households improve their financial situation. His expertise is in topics relevant to low-income households, including government benefits and assistance, banking products, access to credit, plus tools & resources to help reduce income volatility and build wealth. Kwame has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, and NPR.

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