"How to buy groceries online with Texas SNAP"

Under the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot launched by the USDA in 2019, 49 states including Texas now allow food stamps SNAP beneficiaries to shop and pay for groceries online. This includes retail giants like Albertsons, Target, Amazon, Walmart, and Whole Foods, plus the online grocery shopping platform Instacart. In this post, we are going to provide a list of grocery stores that accept EBT online in Texas.

In addition, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about using Texas SNAP EBT cards online for grocery purchases.

"Stores that accept EBT online in Texas"

Stores that accept EBT online in Texas

Here’s the updated list of stores that accept Texas SNAP EBT online for delivery and pick-up.

We will continue to update this list as the USDA adds more grocery stores.

  • Albertsons
  • ALDI
  • Amazon
  • Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy
  • Central Market
  • FRESH by Brookshire’s
  • H-E-B
  • Joe V’s Smart Shop
  • Lewis Food Town
  • Randalls
  • Sam’s Club Scan and Go
  • Spring Market
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • Super 1 Foods Brookshires
  • Tom Thumb
  • Walmart
  • Whole Foods

Note that some of these stores accept EBT through Instacart.

For helps with shopping using Instacart, see our post on Texas stores that accept SNAP EBT on Instacart.

FAQ on using EBT online in Texas

Here are the most frequently asked questions about using an EBT card to shop online and about Texas EBT Card in general:

Is there a delivery fee for using Texas SNAP Online?

It depends on the retailer.

When you spend $35 or more on groceries online from Amazon, home delivery is free.

Also, depending on the location, a delivery fee may vary from $3.99 to $7 for food purchases less than $35.

Additionally, groceries purchased online with an EBT card from Walmart Grocery are subject to a delivery fee varying from $7.95 to $9.95 depending on location.

You can save money on delivery fees with Walmart by signing up for unlimited delivery for $12.95 per month or $98 per year.

Will Texas SNAP Recipients Get a Raise for 2023?

Each year, the U.S. government calculates the new maximum benefit for SNAP benefits recipients based on inflation.

The new Cost-Of-Living Adjustments (COLA) go into effect on October 1 each year and are active through the following year.

The table below provides the Maximum Texas SNAP benefits based on household size for the 2022/2023 fiscal year.

Texas Maximum Monthly SNAP Benefit by Household Size (Oct 1 2022-Sept 30 2023)

Household Size Maximum Benefit
1 $281
2 $516
3 $740
4 $939
5 $1,116
6 $1,339
7 $1,480
8 $1,691
Each add’l person $211

What Restaurants Accept EBT in Texas?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your Lone Star EBT card at restaurants in Texas.

That is because Texas does not currently participate in the Federal Restaurant Meals Program.

The program is currently available in the following seven (7) states:

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

Can I get Amazon Prime Discount with Texas EBT

Yes. If you have a Texas EBT Card, you can now sign up for Amazon Prime EBT Discount and get all the great benefits that come with Prime membership, at a fraction of the cost.

The regular Amazon Prime membership is $14.99 a month. However, if you have an EBT Card, you can get Prime Membership for $6.99. That’s over 50% off the regular price.

You can also get a FREE 30-day trial of Amazon Prime before signing 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

Can I check my Texas EBT Card Balance by Phone?

To check the balance on your Texas Lone Star EBT card, you can:

  • Call 800-777-7328.
  • Check the receipt from your most recent purchase.
  • Check your balance at the store before buying anything, if the store allows it.

Additionally, you can check your Lone Star Card balance and view recent card activity through your online account at YourTexasBenefits.com.

If you do not have an account, you can set one up by going to YourTexasBenefits.com, clicking “Log in” and then “Create a new account.”

Are the items I cannot buy with my Texas EBT Card?

Yes. Here is the list of items you cannot purchase with your Texas SNAP EBT benefits:

  • Prepared hot foods in grocery stores
  • Any prepared food (hot or cold) sold and meant to be eaten at the store
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco
  • Cleaning products, paper products, toiletries, and cooking utensils
  • Pet supplies
  • Items for food preservation such as canning jars and lids, freezer containers, or food wrapping paper
  • Medicines, vitamins, or minerals
  • Items for gardening such as fertilizer and peat moss

Stores that accept EBT online in Texas Summary

We hope this post on Stores that accept EBT online in Texas was helpful.


If you have further questions about Texas SNAP or EBT Card, please let us know in the comments section below.

Also, be sure to check out our other articles about Texas SNAP and EBT, including:

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