How to Use Florida EBT Online at Amazon (2020 Guide)
This post is about how to use Florida EBT online at Amazon to shop for groceries for delivery. If you are a Florida EBT cardholder and are wondering how to use your EBT Card on Amazon, we are here to help. Florida SNAP EBT recipients can now use their food stamp benefits to purchase eligible groceries online at Amazon.
In this post, we are going to provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to pay with SNAP EBT online at Amazon. Keep reading to find out how to use your EBT Card to purchase groceries on Amazon.
To learn about how to shop online with Walmart using Florida EBT, click here.
We will also cover:
- EBT Online Purchasing Pilot Program
- Amazon EBT Online Purchase Program for Florida
- Difference between Amazon Grocery, Amazon Fresh and Amazon Pantry
- How to Use Florida EBT Online at Amazon
- Florida EBT Card FAQs
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.
When the USDA initially set up the pilot program, the following states were approved for the program:
- New York
- New Jersey
In addition, the following grocery retailers were approved to work with the states above to launch the program:
- Hy-Vee, Inc.
- Hart’s Local Grocers
- Dash’s Market
EBT Online Pilot Rollout
New York state was the first to actually implement the program, starting in April 2019.
This was followed by Washington in January 2020.
In March 2020, the states of Alabama, Iowa, and Oregon launched their pilot programs.
On April 1, 2020, Nebraska joined the list.
As of April 2020, only two of the original pilot states (Maryland and New Jersey) are yet to implement their program.
Finally, on April 13, 2020, California, Arizona, Idaho, and Florida were approved by the USDA to join the pilot.
Here is a list of all the states that have implemented the only SNAP EBT grocery online program and the grocery stores they are working with.
|Walmart, Amazon, and Wright’s Markets, Inc.
Amazon and Walmart
Walmart and Amazon
Amazon and Walmart
ShopRite, Walmart, and Amazon
Amazon and Walmart
Walmart and Amazon
Florida’s EBT Online Program
On April 14th, 2020, The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), the department in charge of the food stamps program announced it will begin a pilot program for SNAP recipients to purchase groceries online with the use of an EBT card.
SNAP participants in Florida are automatically eligible to participate in this program.
This means that Florida has been added to the pilot, and will join the states listed above in running a program that allows Florida EBT cardholders to buy groceries online for delivery.
The pilot program in Florida will begin with an initial launch on April 16, 2020.
Amazon EBT Online Purchase Program for Florida
If you have a Florida EBT card, you can now purchase groceries online from Amazon for delivery.
You can buy from Amazon Groceries, Amazon Pantry, and Amazon Fresh.
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.
In order to begin shopping, you will have to add your EBT Card to Amazon. We will show you a step by step process on how to add your EBT card to an Amazon account below.
Difference between Amazon Grocery, AmazonFresh, and Prime Pantry?
Once you have successfully added your SNAP EBT Card, you can now use your food stamp benefits to purchase eligible items from Amazon Grocery, AmazonFresh and Prime Pantry.
Here are the differences between Amazon Grocery, AmazonFresh and Prime Pantry.
AmazonFresh is like a digital grocery store. It offers everything you’d find at a regular grocery store, including perishables, frozen foods and fresh, local offerings.
With Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market in 2017, Amazon Fresh has become even more popular. You can shop Whole Foods products on the Amazon site easily and have everything delivered to your doorstep.
Prices are low, and orders over $35-$50 (depending on zip code) get free shipping. There is a $5.99 shipping fee for orders under $35.
Amazon Fresh is only available in select regions.
To find Amazon Fresh items, look for items labeled Amazon Fresh.
Your Florida SNAP EBT Card gives you free access to AmazonFresh.
Amazon Pantry features food items and household products in everyday package sizes.
Pantry carries thousands of items from brands you love including Kellogg’s, Nestle, Bounty, Tide, Kraft, Pepsi, and more!
However, unlike Amazon Fresh, Amazon Pantry does not offer perishables like meat, dairy, vegetables or items requiring refrigeration.
Orders over $35 get free shipping. Otherwise, orders under $35 have a $5.99 shipping fee.
To find Amazon Pantry items, look for items labeled Amazon Pantry
To go to Amazon Pantry, click here and see SNAP-eligible items.
Amazon Groceries & Gourmet Food
Amazon Groceries allows you to shop online for everyday food including:
- Baby Foods
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Breads & Bakery
- Breakfast Foods
- Candy & Chocolate
- Dairy, Cheese & Eggs
- Deli & Prepared Foods
- Food & Beverage Gifts
- Fresh Flowers & Live Indoor Plants
- Fresh Meal Kits
- Home Brewing & Winemaking
- Meat & Seafood
- Meat Substitutes
- Pantry Staples
- Snack Foods
You can get Large packs, everyday food, with Free shipping on eligible orders over $25.
SNAP EBT can be used on eligible items that are shipped and sold by Amazon.
How to Use Florida EBT Online at Amazon
To shop online for groceries at Amazon with your Florida EBT card, follow the instructions below.
How it Works
Below are the step-by-step-process. Note that you can ony use your EBT card to purchase items that are on the approved food stamps list.
In addition, you cannot use your EBT funds to pay for Amazon grocery delivery.
However, if you buy $25 or more in groceries, there is no delivery charge.
Step 1 – Login your Amazon account
If you do not have an Amazon account, click on the “Create your Amazon account” as shown in the screenshot below.
Once you have created your account, proceed by entering your email and password to sign-in.
Step 2 – Add your Florida EBT Card
Once logged in, enter your Florida food stamps card to your Amazon account here. Type in your complete SNAP EBT card number and click on submit.
Next, enter your delivery zip code. This will tell you whether or not your zip code is eligible for delivery on purchases using your Florida EBT card.
If eligible, click the “Add your SNAP EBT Card” button, as shown in the screenshot below.
Step 3 – Shop for Amazon Groceries Online
As an EBT cardholder, you have FREE access to Amazon Fresh when you add your SNAP EBT card.
Step 4 – Enter your PIN to Checkout
When you are done shopping and are ready to checkout, proceed as usual. At checkout select “EBT” as payment. After that, enter your 4-digit PIN for your Florida EBT Card to place your order.
For help, see our screenshot below.
Please note, you cannot use your food stamp benefits or EBT Card to pay for shipping or delivery fees.
If you do not have Amazon Prime and would like free delivery, be sure to meet the free shipping minimums for each program.
You will have to use another form of payment to pay for any delivery charges.
However, you can also sign up for the Amazom Prime Discount for EBT cardholders and get free shipping with your Amazon Grocery orders.
See below for details on how you can get 50% off the regular Amazon Prime monthly fee, for just $5.99 a month.
Get Amazon Prime Discount for EBT Cardholders
Did you know you can also shop online on Amazon for essential home items with your EBT card through Amazon Prime?
Plus, an Amazon Prime membership allows you to get FREE shipping with your grocery orders.
If you are not an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up with your EBT Card and get 50% OFF a membership. To learn how to sign up, continue reading below.
Discounted Amazon Prime Membership
As a Florida 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 AmazonFresh groceries.
For just $5.99 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
To learn more about Amazon Prime, including benefits and perks, see our post on Amazon Prime Discount for Florida EBT.
Florida EBT Card FAQs
Here is a list of our most frequently asked about the Florida EBT Card Grocery shopping online on Amazon.
Who is eligible to use SNAP EBT on Amazon?
Amazon is part of a pilot run by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accept SNAP EBT online in select states.
Currently, customers with a valid SNAP EBT card in the states of AL, IA, NE, NY, OR, WA, and select regions of FL can use their SNAP funds on Amazon.
Do I need to have Amazon Prime Membership to use my FL EBT on Amazon?
No. Shopping with a valid AL, FL, IA, NE, NY, OR, or WA-issued SNAP EBT card allows you to access Amazon Fresh without Amazon Prime.
However, order minimums still apply to Amazon Fresh and Amazon Pantry to receive free shipping.
AmazonWhat items are eligible for purchase with Florida SNAP EBT Card on Amazon?
Florida SNAP EBT funds can only be used for SNAP-eligible food items that are shipped and sold by Amazon.com.
You can identify which items on Amazon are eligible for purchase with SNAP by looking for the “SNAP EBT eligible” label near the product name.
Can I buy non-SNAP eligible items with an alternative form of payment?
Yes, you can buy non-SNAP-eligible items (or SNAP-eligible items) with other forms of payment.
Simply add an additional payment method, such as a gift card, credit card or debit card, at checkout.
Customers can also add cash to their Amazon Balance at any participating Amazon Cash location. Visit Amazon Cash.
If I place an order without using my SNAP EBT card, can I still get free shipping (provided I meet the minimum order size for free shipping)?
Yes. You can order from Amazon without using your SNAP EBT card and still receive free shipping if you spend the minimum amount to qualify for free shipping.
What if I don’t meet the free shipping minimum? Can I still buy my items?
Yes. You can still buy your items but you will be charged a shipping fee.
Do I need to have a credit or debit card to shop on Amazon?
No; you do not need to have a credit or debit card to shop with your EBT card on Amazon.
However, it helps to have a credit or debit card on file for when you want to pay for items that are not on the eligible food stamps list or for when your SNAP funds run out.
Florida EBT FAQs
How do I check my Florida EBT Card balance?
You can check your Florida balance online, in-person, or by phone. To complete your Florida EBT Card balance check, follow the instructions below:
Here’s how to check the balance on your Florida EBT Card Balance.
Option 1 – Check your Last Receipt
The first option for checking your Florida EBT Card balance is to check your last receipt.
This is the easiest and quickest way to locate the current balance on your Florida EBT Card. Your balance will be listed at the bottom of your most recent grocery store or an ATM receipt.
Option 2 – Login to your Edge EBT Account
The second option for checking your Florida EBT Card balance is online through the ebtEDGE website.
To log in, visit the ebtEDGE website here, then enter your card number. Once logged in, you’ll be able to view your current balance and transaction history.
Option 3 – Check by Phone
The last option for checking your Florida EBT Card balance is by phone. Call the EBT Customer Service number (1-888-356-3281) on the back of your card.
After you call, enter your sixteen (16) digit EBT card number and you will hear your current food assistance or cash account balance(s).
How to Use Florida EBT Online at Amazon Summary
We hope this post on How to Use Florida EBT Online at Amazon was helpful to you.
If you have additional questions or need help using your Florida EBT Card to shop online on Amazon, leave those in the comments section below.
Be sure to check out our other articles on Florida food stamps and EBT, including How to Buy Groceries Online with Florida EBT Card for Delivery, Disasater Food Stamps in Florida, and much more!