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California stores that accept EBT on Instacart

If you want to find out which stores in California accept EBT SNAP online as a form of payment through Instacart, you’ve come to the right place. Instacart Instacart said it can reach nearly 30 million SNAP recipients across the U.S. with its latest expansion of SNAP online purchasing. In this post, we will provide the list of California stores that accept EBT on Instacart.

Additionally, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of shopping online with your EBT card on Instacart, including how to add your CalFresh EBT Card.

Lastly, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about using California SNAP EBT cards to shop online, including questions about SNAP EBT in general.

To learn how to use your SNAP card on Instacart, continue reading below.

Instacart Expands EBT Shopping to California

Online grocery shopping platform Instacart now accepts California SNAP EBT (CalFresh EBT) for delivery.

Since November 2020, Instacart has expanded its online grocery shopping nationwide.

As of July 2022, SNAP recipients can use Instacart to order groceries for delivery or pickup from grocers across 49 states and Washington, D.C., and pay directly with their EBT cards.

That now includes stores in California.

Follow the three simple steps below on how to add your California EBT card to Instacart and shop online for pickup or delivery.

We have also provided below a list of all grocery stores that take California SNAP EBT through Instacart.

Additionally, you will find below a list of other grocery stores in California that takes SNAP EBT online for delivery or pick-up.

How to use CalFresh EBT on Instacart

Follow the steps below to use your California EBT card on Instacart.

Step 1 – Add your EBT SNAP card to Instacart

Here’s how to add your California SNAP EBT card to Instarcard:

To add an EBT card to your account on Instacart.com or in-app—

  1. Click or tap the three horizontal lines in the top left corner.
  2. Select Account settings.
  3. Select Payment methods.
  4. Select Add next to EBT SNAP card.
  5. Enter the first name, last name, and card number on the EBT card.
  6. Select Save.

Other forms of Payment Required

To successfully use your SNAP EBT card on Instacart, you must also add a credit or debit card to your Instacart account.

This will enable you to cover fees, bottle deposits in some states, taxes, delivery tips, and any other non-EBT SNAP-eligible items you may want to purchase.

Also, only one EBT card can be saved to your profile.

If you need to add a different EBT card, you’ll need to remove the first one before adding another card.

Step 2 –  Shop for eligible SNAP food items

There are a few ways for you to see which items are EBT SNAP eligible.

You can allow EBT SNAP-eligible items to display when you shop. To enable this setting—

  1. Click or tap Account
  2. Select Your account settings
  3. Select SNAP EBT info
  4. Tap the slider to turn on Show EBT eligibility by item

Also, when searching for items you can add a filter by tapping Explore > EBT Eligibility and selecting Only EBT-eligible items to see only EBT-eligible items.

Additionally, if you are browsing items from the Store Homepage, tap or click on a specific item to see if it is EBT SNAP eligible.

If it is eligible, it will say EBT above the price of the item.

Lastly, you can confirm which items are EBT SNAP-eligible in your cart before checking out. It will say EBT under the name of each item that qualifies.

Step 3 – Check out with EBT SNAP Card

Here’s how to checkout on Instacart using your EBT Card:

To checkout, visit your cart and tap or click the green Checkout button. You’ll be asked to add a delivery address and your payment information—

  1. Enter your credit or debit card information and address
  2. Add your EBT card information
  3. Click or tap Edit to change the amount that will apply to your EBT card
  4. Click or tap Confirm payment method
  5. On the Place Order page, confirm all information is correct
  6. Click or tap Place Order
  7. After placing your order, you will be prompted to enter your EBT card pin to verify your purchase.

How to Download Instacart App

Before you shop, you should download the Instacart app if you have a smartphone. Follow the link below to download the app for both Apple and Andriod devices

Apple Devices (iPhone, etc) – Click here to download Instacart app from the app store.

Android Devices – Click here to download Instacart app from the Google Play store.

California stores that accept EBT on Instacart

Here’s the list of grocery stores in California that accept SNAP EBT cards using Instacart.

FAQ on using your EBT Card on Instacart

Here are the most frequently asked questions about using an EBT card to shop online and about California EBT Card in general:

What other Grocery Stores accept EBT online for Delivery or Pickup?

Here’s a list of other grocery stores in California that take SNAP EBT online for delivery or pickup:

  • Albertsons
  • Amazon
  • Cardenas Markets
  • Food 4 Less
  • FoodMaxx
  • Lucky Supermarkets
  • Pavilions
  • Rancho San Miguel Markets
  • Safeway
  • Sam’s Club Scan and Go
  • Save Mart Supermarkets
  • Super King Market
  • Superior Grocers
  • The Market by Superior
  • Vons
  • Walmart
  • Whole Foods

How do I check my California EBT Card Balance?

You can check your California EBT Card balance online, in person, or by phone.

To complete your California EBT Card balance check, please call 1-877-328-9677 or visit the California www.ebt.ca.gov website here.

What Restaurants take California SNAP EBT?

Your CalFresh EBT Card or Golden State Advantage card can be used at select restaurants and fast food places if you meet the eligibility criteria.

This is part of the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program.

The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) allows CalFresh recipients who are 60 years of age or older, disabled, or homeless to use their CalFresh benefits to purchase lower-cost prepared meals at approved participating restaurants in certain counties.

Currently, the restaurant meals program is active in the following counties:

What is the number to call for California EBT?

Here’s the number to call if you are trying to reach California Food Stamps EBT Customer Service:

1-877-328-9677
TTY: 1-800-735-2929
You can call 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week

You can call the CalFresh EBT Phone Number if:

  • Your card is lost or stolen.
  • Your card does not work.
  • You want to change your PIN because you forgot it or if
    someone else knows your PIN. Your public assistance office
    may also be able to help you change your PIN.
  • You want to find out how much you have left in your account.
  • You have been charged for a purchase but you didn’t get the food or
    if you were charged too much for what you bought.
  • You have other questions or problems.

How do I remove my EBT card from my Instacart account?

There are two ways to remove your EBT card from Instacart. You can do it online or through the mobile app.

Follow the steps below:

To remove an EBT card from your account on Instacart.com—

  1. Click the three horizontal lines in the top left corner.
  2. Click Account settings.
  3. Click Payment methods.
  4. Click Delete next to EBT SNAP card.
  5. Click Delete again to confirm you want to remove the EBT card from your account.

To remove an EBT card from your account in-app—

  1. Tap the three horizontal lines in the top left corner.
  2. Tap Account settings.
  3. Tap Payment methods.
  4. Tap the pencil icon in the top right corner.
  5. Tap the red minus icon next to the EBT card you want to remove.
  6. Tap Delete.

California stores that accept EBT on Instacart Summary

We hope this post on California stores that accept EBT on Instacart was helpful.

Questions?

If you have further questions about California SNAP or EBT Card, please let us know in the comments section below.

Also, be sure to check out our other articles about California SNAP and EBT, including:

Kwame Kuadey

Kwame Kuadey writes about personal finance and the social safety net. His career started in banking but he caught the entrepreneurial bug and has spent the last decade building successful businesses, including an Inc. 500 Company. Kwame believes everyone has the power to improve their quality of life by seeking knowledge and taking action. In 2012, Kwame founded Empower Media to help low-income households improve their financial situation. His expertise is in topics relevant to low-income households, including government benefits and assistance, banking products, access to credit, plus tools & resources to help reduce income volatility and build wealth. Kwame has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, and NPR.

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