People who received an EBT card recently may be confused about where to use it. If you have the same issue, then you will be glad to know that WinCo stores accept EBT cards for SNAP beneficiaries. There are thousands of retailers who accept EBT, but some also offer a good price. Some of the stores have a limited selection of items and charge a high price. In that case, WinCo Food is a good place for SNAP beneficiaries.  

WinCo is more than 50-years old as a grocery store in the USA. The stores are mostly located in the Pacific Northwest and on the Pacific coast. WinCo Food is one kind of warehouse club that has a large number of products. Read below to know the details on WinCo’s accepting EBT cards. 

Does WinCo accept EBT card payments for buying goods?

WinCo stores usually accept EBT cards, but not all of them. However, new stores may take some time to become certified by the state. If you are visiting any newly opened WinCo store, then confirm whether it accept EBT or not. You may call customer service to find out about local WinCo’s.WinCo has pleasant and cool customer service to know general information regarding EBT. Your local store manager can assure you about EBT acceptance. Find any WinCo stores near you by using https://www.WinCofoods.com/stores/. Don’t hesitate to contact the WinCo team through customer service or visit any in-store. Even so, you don’t need a membership card to pay through EBT. Without a membership card, you can pay for any EBT-approved food item. You can also use your EBT card to purchase SNAP-approved food items through WinCo’s online store. 

How do I use my EBT card at WinCo?

Using an EBT card at WinCo is pretty simple. Make sure you separate the items you want to purchase from non-approved food items. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Scan for items that you want to purchase : You need to notify the cashier that you want to use your EBT card as payment. Collect items at the checkout, and the cashier will scan each product. In that case, the cashier will ask whether you want to get your cash back or not. 
  2. Insert your EBT card : If you don’t need any cashback, then swipe your card and then enter the four-digit PIN. 
  3. Input the PIN : Enter your security PIN and wait to get authorized. Because the cashier will see the verification process. The cash manager will enter the amount and you have to approve the transaction. You will receive a receipt that will show the transaction information. If you forget the PIN, then contact your local customer service number. 

How to check your EBT card balance

Another thing you should do before purchasing items through EBT is to check your balance. If you want to use the SNAP monthly benefit wisely, then check the balance before each purchase. So, you can determine how much money you have leftover and whether it is enough for your next purchase. To avoid the situation, it is important to check your balance if you bought too many items but did not have enough balance on your EBT card. But checking your EBT card is not too complex. Just visit https://foodstampsnow.com/ebt-card-balance-check-online-and-phone-number/ To know your current balance of EBT. Then specify the state on the list. When you find your state, click the link to find the customer service number. Call the number to check your current EBT benefit balance. You will be asked to provide your card number and PIN. Make sure you have your card number and PIN. 

What can I buy using my EBT card?

You will be able to purchase a wide variety of products with your EBT card. EBT cards can only be used to purchase SNAP-eligible products. You will get a specific amount for the monthly purchase, so you should purchase within that amount of benefits. Always pay attention to the remaining balance on your EBT card before purchasing something. Make sure that the products you will purchase are eligible for purchase through your EBT card. 

The products that you can buy using EBT include:

  • Dairy products (cheese, milk, yogurt) 
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat (steak, mince)
  • Poultry and fish.
  • Bread and cereals
  • Snacking
  • Seeds and plants
  • Non-alcoholic beverages (soft drinks, energy drinks) 
  • Desserts (cakes, cookies, ice cream) 

Visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items to see the eligible food list. You are not able to buy some specific products such as beer, wine, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, cosmetics, vitamins, supplements, etc. If you want to buy some other items that aren’t included in EBT, then you will have to pay another way.  

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