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Target stores are a popular destination for people looking to buy groceries and other necessities. Consumers who shop at Target often depend on the many benefits that they receive from EBT.
What are SNAP Benefits and EBT?
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a federal program that gives food benefits to those who have low incomes (individuals and families). These food benefits can be used at specified stores to purchase eligible food items. The program falls under the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) is part of the SNAP program. Under this program, low-income individuals and families receive an EBT card, which is similar to a debit card. The card is plastic and has a security PIN with a magnetic strip. The card is used like a debit card to buy eligible food items from authorized retailers. The cards are “charged” with a certain amount of money each month, which the family/individual can use to buy food.
Target customers can use their EBT cards to buy groceries that are eligible for SNAP benefits. These groceries include fruits, vegetables, meat, bread, canned fish, milk, and juice. Target stores gladly allow EBT benefits to customers to shop online, but cannot accept EBT cards to pay for grocery deliveries or curbside pickup.
Target stores are widely available in the United States and they encourage their customers to use their EBT cards to purchase food items. Many of the stores provide WIC labels to help you find the items that are eligible with your EBT card and those that aren’t with the same card. If you want to purchase some extra food items, you will have to pay with an alternative form of payment.
What is the Target EBT Return Policy?
EBT-eligible items can be returned to Target within the standard 90-day return policy of the retailer. You will not be given a refund for any products that you purchase using your EBT card, because it is against federal law. Target will credit your card in the event that you return a product or give you a gift card in return for it. If you return a product that you bought with your EBT card, Target will give you a store gift card or other similar item in exchange.
How to Pay with EBT in Target?
It is easy to pay using your EBT card at any grocery store. Simply place the items you wish to purchase and then swipe your card to pay. If you have a SNAP card, you can pay by separating SNAP-eligible food items from your other grocery items. Just bring your SNAP card to the cashier and the cashier will process the food items you want to buy. Then you can pay with your card by swiping your card and entering your PIN.
EBT cards can be used to purchase many items, including food. You will not need to separate your items for self-checkout as the computer will automatically calculate your discount as you swipe your card.
EBT cards focus primarily on buying items that are nutritionally valuable and help people who are below the poverty line eat well. EBT cards enable you to purchase milk and other dairy products, cheese, rice and pasta, soy milk and other non-fatty foods, and peanut butter, cheese and yogurt, fruit and veg, and cooking oils.
SNAP benefits also give mothers extra money because they can purchase baby food with their EBT cards.
Conversely, you can’t buy alcohol, cigarettes or any other alcoholic or ad-supported beverages, nor can you buy paper products, perfumes or other scented products.
Does Target Allow the Use of EBT in Its App?
Yes, Target allows its customers to use EBT with its app. All you need to do is add your EBT card to your Target account Wallet and choose this as the default payment method.
To add your EBT card, go to “Settings,” and then “Payment Cards,” and tap on “Add Card.” Choose EBT and enter your card number. Now make this your default payment method. You’ll also need to add another payment method to cover non-EBT-eligible items you may order.
Does Target Allow Customers to Use EBT with their RedCards?
No, this is not allowed. The benefits of your RedCard can only be used when RedCard is the chosen payment method. This means you must use your EBT card or your RedCard (credit or debit card). It’s not possible to use both on the same transaction unless the RedCard is the secondary payment method (this would cover any non-EBT eligible items you buy).
Target accepts EBT cards, allowing you to get food benefits from SNAP and WIC to purchase food items at affordable prices. EBT cards are great for saving money when you want to purchase groceries that contain nutritious ingredients. We recommend that you check with your local Target store to see if they accept SNAP and/or WIC benefits.