SNAP and TANF customers can now shop online at Walmart.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 08, 2022


Contact: Jon Ebelt, Public Information OfficerDPHHS, (406) 444-0936, (406) 461-3757
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Consulting Chuck, Communications SpecialistDPHHS, (406) 444-4391, (406) 461-8367
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Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Adam Meier today announced that Montanans eligible for food and cash assistance can now shop online through Walmart.com as part of a national federal initiative to increase access.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this convenient method of shopping to families in Montana,” Meyer said. “Although Walmart is our initial launch, we will work to expand this program with other online retailers in the future.”

Thousands of households are receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) by using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to purchase eligible items in businesses across the state.

The SNAP online shopping program was first launched in 2019 in New York State as part of an eight-state pilot program. It is now available nationwide.

Meier said individuals will need to create an online account at Walmart.com and register their EBT card by entering it in their account settings. Individuals can start using their EBT card for purchases 24 hours after registration, with no minimum purchase required. Walmart is the first retailer to offer SNAP online in Montana.

Montana expects Amazon to accept Montana EBT cards very soon, with more online retailers becoming available in the coming months. A current list of online retailers accepting Montana EBT cards can be found here: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/online-purchasing-pilot.

When checking out, the person will select EBT as the payment method and enter their EBT card PIN. All items that are not eligible for EBT payment in SNAP or TANF cash (including delivery charges) must be made with an alternate method of payment. Individuals should follow Walmart’s return/refund policy. Any refund will be credited to the card used to purchase the item.

Meier said if individuals experience any issues while using their EBT card online at Walmart.com, they should contact the EBT Helpline at 1-866-850-1556.

All retailers interested in the program can find more information and apply here.

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