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Minnesotans can now use EBT food benefits online

5/28/2020 12:00:00 PM

Minnesota now has federal approval to allow Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) participants – and those receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) food benefits – to purchase eligible food items online using their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.

Online purchasing with EBT cards will be available for Amazon purchases starting May 27 and May 28 for Walmart purchases. Only EBT food benefits can be used online at this time; EBT cash benefits cannot be used online. A separate payment type is required to purchase items that are not eligible for SNAP, and to pay for any delivery costs. EBT cash benefits cannot be used as the separate payment type.

The federal government has to approve retailers and grocers for the online purchasing program, and Amazon and Walmart are currently the only two approved online retailers in Minnesota. If other grocers or retailers are approved for online EBT purchasing in Minnesota, they will be listed on

While the online EBT purchasing program has been approved in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to increase access to food and maintain social distancing recommendations, it will continue once the emergency is over. 

For information on applying for food benefits and finding local food shelves, visit

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