Food Stamps: Is Your Snap Ebt Card Acceptable at Gas Stations?

Individuals on a limited income may be trying to make ends meet as gas prices hit $4 a gallon in certain areas as we head into the weekend. You might even ask if your EBT card, formerly known as food stamps, can be used at a gas station.

“Perhaps,” is the response. You may be eligible to use EBT-Cash — but not EBT from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — for fuel and other gas station expenditures, depending on the government benefits you receive.

Understanding the differences between TANF and SNAP

Let’s start with a quick rundown of the several programs available to low-income families in the United States, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture and provides benefits to families in the form of an electronic debit card that can be used to purchase food, non-alcoholic beverages, meal ingredients, and seeds at grocery stores and other retailers that accept EBT.

Acceptable at Gas Stations?

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program also offers an EBT card (known as EBT Cash) that can be used for a larger range of living expenses, such as fuel, housing, home maintenance supplies, personal hygiene, and other living expenses. Your ETC Cash card can also be used to withdraw cash from an ATM.

Is it Possible to Use Your EBT Card at a Gas Station?

EBT/food stamps and EBT-Cash cards are accepted at many gas stations in the United States. More than 50 gas stations around the country accept EBT, including significant brands like 7-Eleven, Circle K, Cumberland Farms, Flying J, and Exxon Mobil.

You can use an EBT Cash card to fill up your car and buy almost anything in the shop, including personal hygiene goods and food if you use it at a place that accepts EBT.

You won’t be able to buy cigarettes, alcohol, vaping products, lottery tickets, scratch-offs, or anything else that youngsters under the age of 18 can’t lawfully buy.

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If your EBT card is only good for SNAP benefits, your shopping options will be much more constrained. You can’t buy fuel, prepared convenience foods like pre-cooked hot dogs from a 7-Eleven petrol station,

or foods to go like an ice cream cone from Cumberland Farms, in addition to the preceding “adult-only” products. Milk, bread, butter, and other routinely purchased goods are available at petrol stations and convenience stores.

Foodstampsnow.com recommends calling ahead to confirm that the gas station near you takes EBT, as rules may differ according to on the franchise owner. You can also check for a sign that says EBT is accepted on the door or in the window.

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