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Great News for California EBT Recipients!! There is now Amazon Prime Discount for CalFresh EBT cardholders. If you are on CalFresh, CalWORKS, or WIC and have an EBT card, you can now get Amazon Prime Membership for $6.99 a month

Additionally, Medi-Cal or California Medicaid cardholders are also eligible for this discount.

Why is this a great deal?

The regular Amazon Prime membership is $14.99 a month. However, if you have an EBT Card, you can get Prime Membership for $699. That’s over 50% off the regular price.

To sign up, click here to be taken to their sign-up page.

Read below to learn more about all the great benefits and perks of Amazon Prime and how to sign up for the Prime EBT Discount.

This post on Amazon Prime Discount for EBT will cover:

  • Benefits of Amazon Prime
  • What is Amazon Prime Discount for EBT?
  • How to Sign up for Amazon Prime EBT discount for CalFresh
  • Amazon Prime FAQs
  • California EBT Card Questions and Answers

What Does This Mean for EBT Card Holders?

This means that you can now get Amazon Prime subscription at more than half the normal rate.

You can now take full advantage of all the great benefits that come with prime membership. These include:

Benefits of Amazon Prime

Since Amazon Prime started in 2005, the service has expanded into many other areas, including offering free streaming movies and music, rapid delivery options, and discounts on groceries.

You can sign up for a free 30-day trial to sample all the Prime benefits before committing to membership.

Here is the full list of benefits Amazon Prime Members receive.

Expedited Shipping

Shipping benefits include:

Free 1-day shipping: A variety of items are eligible for next-day delivery with no minimum purchase for Prime members. When you’re shopping, filter items by “Get it tomorrow” to see which ones you can receive by 9 p.m. the next day.

Free 2-day shipping: This is available to Prime members who live in the contiguous U.S.

Free same-day delivery: In select cities and towns — from New York City to San Francisco — Prime members can shop for items eligible for delivery on the same day they were ordered. Prime members get same-day delivery for free on qualifying orders over $35, and they can pay a delivery fee of up to $3 per order for those under $35.

Free release-date delivery: Prime members can have eligible pre-order items delivered on their release date for free when they select Two-Day shipping

Free no-rush shipping: Members who select no-rush shipping — which delays delivery on orders — can earn rewards to use on future purchases.

Streaming & Entertainment

Streaming benefits include:

Prime Video: Prime Video offers unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes for Prime members. It’s available for non-Prime members as a standalone streaming service for $9 a month.

Amazon Channels: Prime members can watch shows and movies from channels like HBO, Showtime and STARZ through their Prime membership for $5 to $15 a month each without a cable subscription or additional apps.

Prime Music: Prime Music offers members access to over two million unlimited, ad-free songs, as well as playlists and stations.

Amazon Music Unlimited: Prime members can get discounted Amazon Music Unlimited monthly plans, and they have access to exclusive annual plans.

Prime Gaming: Prime members have access to free games, in-game content and a free channel subscription on Twitch.tv every month. Additionally, Prime members can play a rotating selection of games for free through a dedicated channel on Luna, Amazon’s cloud gaming service.

Prime Reading: Prime members have access to over a thousand books, magazines and more, which they can download onto their Kindle or Fire tablet, as well as read through the Kindle app.

Shopping Benefits

    Shopping benefits include:

    Whole Foods Market: Exclusive savings for Prime members, 5% back for eligible Prime members with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card, and 2-hour delivery via Prime Now in select cities. 

    Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card: Eligible Prime members earn 5% back every day on all Amazon.com purchases, in addition to rewards everywhere else you shop. 

    Amazon Prime Store Card: Eligible Prime members can get 5% back every day on Amazon.com purchases and access to exclusive financing offers. F

    Amazon Dash for Prime: Never run out of your favorite products with Amazon Dash Button. 

    Amazon Fresh: Prime members in select regions can pay an additional monthly membership fee to receive FREE shipping on all Amazon Fresh orders of $50 or more, or pay a flat delivery fee for each order they place under $50.

    Prime Wardrobe: Prime Wardrobe is a Prime-exclusive program where you can try before you buy from eligible items across women’s, men’s, kids’, and baby clothing, shoes, and accessories. You get seven days to try-on the items at home and you will only be charged for the items you decide to keep. 

    Deals and Discounts, Compliments of Amazon Family: These include up to 20% off diapers, baby food, and more through Subscribe & Save and 15% off eligible products from your baby registry. 

    Prime Early Access: Get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon.com. 

    Amazon Elements: Access to Amazon Elements products, Amazon’s own line of everyday essentials.

      Sign up for Amazon Prime Discount for CalFresh

      Here’s how to sign up for Amazon Prime Discount for CalFresh EBT or Medi-Cal:

      Step 1 – Visit the Prime Discount Site

      Visit the Amazon Prime Discount website and click on “Get Started”. Click here to be taken to the website.

      Step 2 – Upload EBT Card to Activate Discount

      Next, you will be taken to a page where you will have to log in to your Amazon.com account or sign up for an amazon.com account if you don’t already have an account.

      You need a current and valid EBT card to sign up. If you are currently receiving Food Stamps, WIC, TANF or General Assistance and have an EBT Card, you qualify.

      Once you have logged into your Amazon account, you will be taken to a page like the one below.

      Once there, perform the following functions as shown in the image below with arrows:

      1. Select “EBT” under “Choose how you want to qualify”
      2. Enter your EBT Card Number
      3. Select your state under “Issuing State”
      4. Upload a picture of your EBT card
      5. Check the box to confirm that your EBT card is current and valid.
      6. Once you enter the requested information, click the “Continue” button. The continue button will only show once you enter all the requested information.
      7. Next, you will be taken to a page to confirm your payment information.
      8. Once you add your payment information, you will be taken to the “Eligibility Under Review” page. This means Amazon is reviewing your request.

      Step 3 – Start Enjoying Prime Discounts on Amazon

      If your information is approved, you will be notified by email – which will be your indication that you are now ready to use Amazon Prime!

      You can start enjoying Amazon Prime benefits right away.

      Note: Every 12 months, you’ll have to verify you still have a current and valid EBT card.

      You can enjoy your Amazon Prime EBT Discount for four years.

      However, you will not be able to share your Prime membership with a second adult like you can with the full-priced membership.

      If you have any questions on how to sign up for the Amazon Prime Discount for EBT cardholders, let us know in the comments section below.

      Amazon Prime Discount for CalFresh – Questions

      Here are the most frequently asked questions about Amazon Prime Discount.

      Does Amazon accept food stamps?

      Amazon is part of an online pilot run by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a few states.

      Currently, customers with a valid California SNAP EBT card can use their SNAP funds on Amazon. Amazon is hoping to expand the program to other states soon.

      Do I need a Prime membership to use my SNAP EBT card on Amazon?

      No. Shopping with a valid California-issued SNAP EBT card allows you to access AmazonFresh and Prime Pantry selection without fees.

      Order minimums still apply to AmazonFresh and Prime Pantry to unlock free shipping.

      California EBT Card Questions and Answers

      Here are the most frequently asked questions about CalFresh EBT benefits.

      Does California Participate in the Restaurant Meals Program?

      Yes. 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.

      If you fit one of the groups described above, you can use your CalFresh California EBT card at select restaurants and fast-food chains throughout the state.

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

      Restaurant Meals Program Requirements

      To use your Golden State Advantage EBT Card at restaurants and fast-food chains in Los Angeles, you must first meet certain requirements.

      To be eligible for the Restaurant Meals Program, you must:

      • Be currently enrolled and receiving CalFresh benefits
      • Have an active California EBT Card
      • Be homeless, elderly (age 60 or older), or disabled

      If you do not meet the requirements listed above, you are not eligible to use your California EBT Card at restaurants and fast-food chains.

      What Grocery Stores Accept CalFresh Online for Delivery?

      You can use your California EBT card to make purchases online at the following grocery stores:

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

      What can I buy with California EBT?

      You can use your CalFresh benefits to buy groceries, snacks, and seeds or plants that will produce food.

      However, you cannot use SNAP to purchase alcohol, tobacco products, vitamins, live animals, prepared foods, or any non-food household items.

      Here is the list of food items you are allowed to purchase with your SNAP Benefits card:

      • fruits
      • vegetables
      • meats, fish, poultry
      • deli meats and steak
      • dairy products
      • breads
      • cereals
      • seeds and plants that produce food for the household
      • soft drinks
      • candy
      • cookies
      • snack crackers
      • ice cream
      • energy drinks (must have a nutrition label)
      • live seafood, such as lobster, fish, and shellfish
      • pumpkins (as long as they are edible)
      • birthday cakes (the non-edible piece of the cake cannot exceed 50 percent)
      • bakery items
      • Farmers market items at participating farmer’s markets

      Here’s what you CANNOT buy with your SNAP benefits:

      • Alcoholic beverages
      • tobacco products
      • hot food (prepared for immediate consumption)
      • Nonfood items
      • pet foods
      • soaps
      • paper products
      • medicines and vitamins
      • household supplies
      • grooming items
      • cosmetics

      How do I use California EBT Card at the Store?

      Your California EBT card can be used at most food stores to buy eligible food items, including at:

      • Grocery stores
      • Convenience stores
      • Supermarkets (like Walmart and Target)
      • Farmers markets
      • Pharmacies (that sell food)

      Most will display “EBT Cards Accepted Here” signs.

      Also, some will display the Quest Logo.

      If you do not see the Quest® logo, your EBT card may still be accepted. Check with the store before shopping.

      Follow these steps to use your EBT card at a store:

      1. At check-out, your card is swiped through the machine by you or the store cashier.
      2. Follow the directions on the machine to enter your PIN. Only you should enter your PIN.
      3. The cashier or the machine will provide you with the purchase amount. You may also enter the amount yourself.

      Always check your receipt to make sure that the amount on the EBT purchase is the same as the grocery receipt.

      Also, if your card cannot be swiped because it is damaged, contact EBT Customer Service (1-888-328-6399) and report the card as damaged.

      A replacement card will be mailed to you. You can also request a replacement card at most CalFresh Offices.

      Amazon Prime Discount for Summary

      We hope this post on the Amazon Prime Discount for CalFresh was helpful.

      Questions?

      We hope this post on the Amazon Prime Discount for CalFresh SNAP EBT was helpful.

      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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