How to Use Pennsylvania EBT Online at Walmart

This post is about how to use Pennsylvania EBT online at Walmart to shop for groceries for pickup and delivery. If you are a Pennsylvania EBT cardholder and are wondering how to use your SNAP card to shop online at Walmart, we are here to help.

Pennsylvania SNAP EBT recipients can now use their food stamp benefits to purchase eligible groceries online at Walmart.

In this post, we are going to provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to shop online and pay with SNAP EBT for Walmart groceries.

To learn about how to shop online on Amazon using Pennsylvania EBT, click here.

We will also cover:

  • EBT Online Purchasing Pilot Program
  • Walmart EBT Online Purchase Program for Pennsylvania
  • How to Use Pennsylvania EBT Online at Walmart
  • Pennsylvania EBT Card FAQs

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EBT Online Purchasing Pilot Program

In 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a pilot program for online EBT purchases.

The program allows EBT Cardholders to purchase groceries online for delivery or pick-up.

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.

Walmart EBT Online Purchase Program for Pennsylvania

Walmart accepts EBT card purchases at all locations that sell food and grocery items.

Your EBT card can be used the same way you would use your debit card, and EBT cardholders in 48 states can also pay for Walmart delivery and pickup orders online.

If you have a Pennsylvania EBT card, you can now purchase groceries online from Walmart for Pickup.

You can only use your EBT card to buy eligible grocery items. In addition, you cannot use your food stamps dollars to pay for delivery.

How to Use Pennsylvania EBT Online at Walmart

Currently, Walmart only offers online grocery purchases with EBT for curbside pick-up and not for delivery. Delivery options will be added soon. 

If you have a Pennsylvania EBT Card, you will now be able to use your cards to buy groceries and select curbside pick-up.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1 – Login to Walmart and Update Your Payment Information

The first step to purchasing groceries online with your SNAP at Walmart is to go to the Walmart Grocery website to update your payment information.

Here’s how:

  • Sign in to your Walmart pickup & delivery account (
  • Select Payment Methods.
  • If your local store accepts EBT Online, you’ll see an option to add your EBT card to your account (see image below).
  • Add your card information, then click Save Card.

By connecting your EBT card to your account, you’ll be able to use EBT Online with no-basket minimums.

Note: It may take 24 hours for the no-basket minimum to take effect on your account.

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Step 2 – Build your shopping cart & check out

Once your payment information is updated, start adding SNAP EBT eligible items to your cart.

Upon viewing your cart, you’ll see the total for EBT-eligible items.

After reviewing, select Checkout to proceed.

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Step 3 – Pay with your Pennsylvania EBT card

On the Select payment method screen, select the checkbox to pay with EBT.

Next, enter the EBT food or EBT cash amount you’d like to use (see the image below).

If your EBT funds can’t cover the entire order, you can split the remaining amount with a personal debit or credit card.

Once you’re finished entering a payment method(s), select Continue for the next step.

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Step 4 – Place your order

Next, you will be directed to an external page to enter your PIN (see the image below).

Please note that the numbers on the pin pad will shuffle after each entry for security purposes.

Once you’ve entered your PIN, you’ll be linked back to Walmart to Complete your Order.

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Step 5 – Delivery or Pickup

You have two options to get your Walmart online order: curbside pick-up or delivery.

See below for instructions on how to pick up your order or when to expect delivery if that’s the option you selected.

Curbside Pickup

If you selecting curb-side pickup, here’s how to pick up your order.

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Please wait until you receive an email from Walmart stating your order is ready before going to the store for pickup.

Check-in with the Walmart app to let Walmart know you’re on your way.

If you don’t have the Walmart app, you can call the store directly. Find the phone number under the store’s address in your Ready for Pickup email.

Designated Pick-up Locations

Some Walmart locations now have designated pickup locations, as shown above.

When you arrive at the pickup location, you will park in a reserved parking space marked in orange for Grocery Pickup customers.

Once in the spot, call the designated number to alerts an associate of your arrival.

You can also check-in through the Walmart Grocery app. An associate will quickly retrieve the prepared order and load it into your car.

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Walmart Grocery Delivery

Walmart currently partners with local, third-party drivers to bring your order right to your door.

When your order is picked up, Walmart will send you an email letting you know the driver is on their way.

If you’re satisfied with your delivery experience, you can leave feedback and add a tip for your driver.

Pennsylvania EBT Card FAQs

Here is a list of our most frequently asked about the Pennsylvania EBT Card Grocery shopping online at Walmart.

Walmart FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked questions about shopping with an EBT card online at Walmart.

Does Walmart accept both SNAP EBT and Cash Assistance EBT for online transactions?

Yes, Walmart accepts both SNAP EBT and Cash Assistance EBT (TANF) for online transactions.

Can I use EBT Online to place both pickup & delivery orders?

Yes, you can use your EBT card to shop online at Walmart for pickup and delivery at participating Walmart stores.

Can I check out using multiple forms of payment?

Yes, you have the option to split your payment between an EBT card and another form of payment when you shop online at Walmart.

What can I purchase with SNAP EBT at Walmart?

You can buy the following items with your EBT Card at Walmart:

  • Breads and cereals
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meats, fish, and poultry
  • Dairy products
  • Seeds and plants (that produce food for the household to eat)

Why is my EBT Card not working online at Walmart?

If you are trying to use your EBT card online at Walmart and can’t seem to work, here’s what you need to know:

There are a number of reasons why your EBT is not working at Walmart, either online or in a physical store.

However, the most likely explanation is that your EBT card has expired.

Regarding online shopping, the most common reason EBT doesn’t work is that Walmart’s online server is down.

If the server happens to be done, try submitting your order again within an hour.

Pennsylvania EBT FAQs

Here is a list of our most frequently asked about the Pennsylvania EBT Card & SNAP benefits.

How to Check Pennsylvania EBT Card Balance?

There are three ways to check your Pennsylvania ACCESS Card balance.

Option 1 – Via Phone

Call the Pennsylvania EBT recipient hotline at 1-888-EBT-PENN (1-888-328-7366).

Option 2 – Online

  • You can check the balance online here.

Option 3 – Using the Last Transaction Receipt. 

  • You can also check the balance by locating your Last Receipt

How much will I get in Extra SNAP benefits?

The SNAP extra payment will bring households that are only eligible for a partial benefit up to the maximum benefit amount for their household size.

Therefore, households that are already eligible for the maximum benefit amount will receive an extra $95 per month.

Households that are close to the maximum (less than $95 away) will be guaranteed emergency allotments of $95 per household.

Below is the SNAP Maximum Benefit per household size:

Household Size/Maximum Benefit

  • 1/$250
  • 2/$430
  • 3/$658
  • 4/$835
  • 5/$992
  • 6/$1,190
  • 7/$1,316
  • 8/$1,504

Each additional member/$188

Can Students get Pennsylvania Food Stamps?

Generally, Pennsylvania college students are not eligible for SNAP.

However, there are exceptions to this rule, including for PA Community College students (see below).

Students may be eligible for Pennsylvania SNAP if they are:

  • Working 20 hours a week or more;
  • Receiving federal or state work-study;
  • Caring for a child under age 6;
  • Caring for a child under age 12 if the student is a single parent in college full time;
  • “unfit for work” (that is, have a medical barrier to employment);
  • Under age 18 or over age 50; or
  • Enrolled less than half time.

For a detailed list of all student exceptions, refer to Chapter 514.2 of the PA DHS SNAP Manual online here.

When Will I Receive 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.

Is food expensive in Pennsylvania compared to the nation?

With inflation rising in the United States (at 8% from the most recent data), food prices have been rising rapidly.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, a family of four – two adults and two children – can expect to pay an estimated $9,835 on food in 2022.

However, this amount varies across the country.

In Pennsylvania, a family of four can expect to spend an average of $9,903 on food in 2022.

This puts Pennslyvania as the 21st highest amount among states.

These numbers assume a nutritionally adequate diet for two adults and two children where almost all food is bought at a grocery store and prepared at home.

What Fast Food Places Take Pennsylvania EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP?

The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) is a federal program that enables qualified elderly, disabled, and homeless food stamps recipients to buy food at authorized restaurants. Any state or county can enroll in the Restaurant Meals Program.

The purpose of the program is to help expand food access to those who do not have a place to store and cook food, who may not be able to prepare food or who don’t have access to a grocery store.

Not all states participate in the RMP.

Currently, the Restaurant Meal Program is running in the following states:

  • California
  • Arizona
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Rhode Island

In the state of Pennsylvania, some restaurants accept Food Stamp benefits from some homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.

Contact your County Assistance Office for a list of these restaurants.

How to Use Pennsylvania EBT Online at Walmart Summary

We hope this post on How to Use Pennsylvania EBT Online at Walmart was helpful to you!

If you have more questions about your Pennsylvania EBT or SNAP Benefits, please let us know in the comments section below.

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