How Does Instacart Work With EBT

Instacart is a popular grocery delivery service that allows customers to order their groceries online and have them delivered to their doorstep. Instacart now offers the option for customers who receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to use their EBT card to pay for groceries online. This helps make grocery shopping more convenient and accessible for those who rely on EBT benefits.


In order to use EBT on Instacart, customers must be in a participating state and have a valid EBT card. Not all states currently offer the option to use EBT on Instacart, so it is important to check if your state is eligible. Additionally, customers will need to have a valid Instacart account in order to link their EBT card for payment.

Linking EBT Card

Once you have verified that your state and Instacart account are eligible, you can link your EBT card to your account. This process typically involves entering the card information in the payment section of your account settings. Customers may also need to enter their ZIP code to confirm their eligibility for using EBT on Instacart.

Shopping and Payment

  • After linking your EBT card, you can start shopping for groceries on the Instacart platform.
  • Items that are eligible for purchase with EBT benefits will be labeled as such on the Instacart website or app.
  • When you are ready to check out, you can select your EBT card as the payment method.
  • You may need to enter your EBT card PIN to complete the transaction.
  • Any items that are not eligible for purchase with EBT will need to be paid for separately using another payment method.

Delivery and Fees

Instacart offers delivery of groceries to your doorstep, making it convenient for those using EBT benefits to receive their food without having to leave their homes. However, it is important to note that delivery fees and service charges may still apply, even when using EBT as the payment method. Customers should be aware of any additional costs associated with using Instacart for grocery delivery.

Order Changes and Refunds

  1. If you need to make changes to your order after it has been placed, you may be able to do so through the Instacart platform.
  2. Refunds for items purchased with EBT benefits may be issued back to your EBT card.
  3. Customers should familiarize themselves with Instacart’s policies on order changes and refunds when using EBT as the payment method.

In conclusion, Instacart’s partnership with the EBT program has made grocery shopping more convenient and accessible for those who rely on SNAP benefits. By allowing customers to use their EBT card for online grocery purchases, Instacart has helped streamline the shopping process for individuals and families in need. It is important for customers to understand the eligibility requirements, payment process, and any associated fees when using EBT on the Instacart platform.