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How to Use CalFresh EBT Online at Safeway

This post is about how to use CalFresh EBT online at Safeway to shop for groceries for pickup and delivery. If you are a California EBT cardholder and are wondering how to use your SNAP card to shop online at Safeway, we are here to help.

California SNAP EBT recipients can now use their food stamp benefits to purchase eligible groceries online at Safeway and other approved supermarkets.

In this post, we are going to provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to shop for groceries online and pay with SNAP EBT at Safeway.

You can also check out our posts on how to shop online with EBT at Walmart and Amazon.

We will also cover:

  • EBT Online Purchasing Pilot Program
  • How to Use CalFresh EBT Online at Safeway
  • California EBT Card FAQs

EBT Online Purchasing Pilot Program

In 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a pilot program for online EBT purchases.

The program allows EBT Cardholders to purchase groceries online for delivery or pick-up.

The first state to actually launch an online EBT program was New York, starting in 2019.

California was added to the pilot on April 28th, 2020.

Safeway EBT Online Purchase Program for California

If you have a California EBT card, you can now purchase groceries online from Safeway for delivery or DriveUp & Go pick up.

You can only use your EBT card to buy eligible grocery items. You will have to add a credit or debit card to pay for non-EBT-eligible items.

In addition, you cannot use your food stamps dollars to pay for delivery.

How to Use California EBT Online at Safeway

Safeway offers online grocery purchases with EBT for curbside pick-up and delivery. 

Here’s how it works:

To order groceries online through Safeway with EBT, visit the Safeway website or download the Safeway app through the Apple Store or Google play.

Next, follow the steps below to order

Step 1  – Sign in / Sign up

Sign into your account or create a new one by clicking the “Sign In/Up” link.

Step 2 – Build your cart

Shop for items you need and quickly checkout.

You can order SNAP/non-SNAP items together & combine payment methods at checkout.

Step 3 – Enter your EBT info

At checkout, enter your California EBT Card information. You will need your CalFresh EBT number and PIN.

If you have non-SNAP items in your cart, you can add a second payment type to pay for those items, any fees, and delivery charges.

Note: You cannot use your SNAP EBT card to pay for Delivery charges.

Step 4 – Place your order

Once you pay for your order, you will receive an order confirmation via email with all the details of your order and confirm delivery or pickup details.

California EBT Card FAQs

Here is a list of our most frequently asked about the CalFresh EBT Card Grocery shopping online at Safeway.

Does Safeway Also Accept EBT Through Instacart?

Yes, you can shop online with Safeway through Instacart and use your California EBT card for payment.

You can use your EBT card to make online purchases for home delivery or free store pickup through Instacart.

To learn how to use EBT on Instacart, see our post on California Grocery Stores that take Instacart.

Exclusive Offer: For a limited-time, pay with EBT SNAP on Instacart at select retailers & get free grocery delivery or pickup on your first 3 $35+ EBT orders. Offer ends 6/30/23. Terms apply.

Can I use my California EBT online on the Safeway Shopping App?

Yes, you can pay with your California EBT on the Safeway App.

Just make sure you select the “Checkout with EBT card” option located underneath the Checkout button.

How do I download the Safeway Mobile App?

You can download the Safeway app through the Apple Store or Google play.

With the Safeway app, you can:

  • Get all your deals, coupons, and rewards in one place.
  • Easily find items carried in your store.
  • Build your shopping list so you won’t forget anything.
  • Quick access to your online and in-store purchase history.
  • Use DriveUp &Go or Delivery to get your groceries in a snap.
  • Enjoy contactless payment. Simply scan to save, pay and access your receipts!
  • Access all our pharmacy services – request refills, manage prescriptions, schedule vaccines, and more

What is EBT Weight Debit and why does it appear as a charge on my grocery order?

A 10% weight debit surcharge is added to items that are priced by weight (fruits, vegetables, etc.) when you pay with SNAP and/or EBT Cash.

The final price is determined once the item is picked and weighed.

If the final price is less than what you paid at checkout, the difference will be refunded to your EBT card, and/or reduce the amount charged to your credit card.

What other stores accept California EBT Online?

In addition to Safeway, the following grocery stores accept CalFresh EBT online for pickup and delivery:

  • ALDI
  • Amazon
  • Brothers Marketplace
  • Cardenas Markets
  • ExtraMile by Jacksons
  • Food 4 Less
  • FoodMaxx
  • Gong’s IGA Market
  • Jacksons Food Stores
  • Lucky Supermarkets
  • Mar Val Foods
  • Pavilions
  • Rancho San Miguel Markets
  • Sam’s Club Scan and Go
  • Save Mart Supermarkets
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • Stater Bros.
  • Super King Market
  • Superior Grocers
  • Target
  • The Market by Superior
  • Vons
  • Walmart
  • Whole Foods

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:

How to Use California EBT Online at Safeway Summary

We hope this post on How to Use CalFresh EBT Online at Safeway was helpful to you!

Please let us know in the comments section below if you have more questions about your California EBT or SNAP Benefits.

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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