Consumers in the greater Chicago area who shop for groceries at Jewel-Osco can use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program electronic benefits transfer cards to purchase food at participating locations by showing their cards at the register.
In the Chicagoland area, Jewel-Osco operates 188 locations in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, all of which are owned by Albertson’s Food Stores.
Its stores, like the majority of grocery stores in the United States, accept SNAP EBT cards for food purchases. SNAP is a federal programme that provides financial support to families who are unable to afford to purchase food on their own.
Consumers who qualify for food stamps used to pay with them, but now they pay using reloadable EBT debit cards.
Although the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, the programme itself is governed at the state level.
The rules for the programme vary from state to state, so check with the relevant agency in your state to find out how it works and when your EBT card gets recharged.
In addition to accepting EBT cards for in-store transactions, Jewel-Osco offers 20 sites where you can use your EBT card to pay for online purchases that can be picked up at the shop, according to their website. Of those, 18 are located in the state of Illinois.
To place an online SNAP order, log onto your Jewel-Osco account and search for a shop in your area that accepts online SNAP purchases.
Reserve a pickup time and place products in your cart before proceeding to the checkout page and selecting SNAP EBT (pickup only) as your payment option.
When you arrive at the store, you will finish the transaction by using your EBT card and/or EBT cash card to make the purchase. For pickup orders, there is no option for cash back.
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If you want to include non-SNAP-eligible items in your pickup order, you can do so as long as you pay for them separately with a personal debit card, credit card, or EBT cash card.
According to the USDA, you can use your EBT card to purchase the majority of food items, including the items listed below:
- Fruits and vegetables are good for you.
- Meat, poultry, and fish are all acceptable options.
- Products derived from milk
- Breads and cereals are staples of the American diet.
- Other meals, such as snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, are also available.
- Seeds and plants that provide food for human consumption
Alcoholic beverages, tobacco goods, vitamins, medicines, supplements, pet meals, cleaning supplies, paper products, and cosmetics are among the items that cannot be purchased with an EBT card.