How to Use CalFresh EBT Online at Sprouts

This post is about how to use CalFresh EBT online at Sprouts 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 Sprouts, we are here to help.

California SNAP EBT recipients can now use their food stamp benefits to purchase eligible groceries online at Sprouts 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 Sprouts.

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 Sprouts
  • California EBT Card FAQs

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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.

Sprouts EBT Online Purchase Program for California

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

The delivery service is offered in partnership with Instacart.

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 Sprouts

Follow the steps below to use your California EBT card on Instacart for delivery or curbside pickup.

Click here for the Publix store on Instacart.

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

Step 1 – Add your EBT SNAP card to Instacart

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

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

  1. Click or tap the three horizontal lines in the top left corner (see the image below).
  2. Select Account settings.
  3. Select Payment methods.
  4. Select “Add” next to EBT SNAP.
  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.

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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 the three horizontal lines in the top left corner (account)
  2. Select “Account settings”
  3. Select “SNAP EBT info”
  4. Tap the slider to turn on Show EBT eligibility by item

Also, if you are shopping using your computer, you can check the EBT Eligible box as shown in the image below.

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.

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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.

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. Ends 6/30/23. Terms apply.

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California EBT Card FAQs

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

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

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

Just make sure you select the “Add EBT SNAP card” option when you reach the payment page at checkout.

How do I download the Sprouts Mobile App?

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

With the Spouts Mobile app, you get the following:

  • Easy access to exclusive promotions
  • Clip digital coupons
  • View the weekly ad
  • Place orders for pickup and delivery
  • Add items to your shopping list
  • Access hundreds of plant-based, keto,
  • Paleo, organic, and gluten-free recipes

How can I get additional Discounts from Sprouts?

In addition to weekly ad deal, you can also get additional discounts by purchasing a whole case of an item.

Sprouts Farmers Market offers an automatic 10% discount on select products when you purchase an entire case.

This discount does not apply to:

  • Items in the Weekly Ad
  • Healthy Savings, or Manager’s Specials
  • Nutrition Bars (Sprouts Nutrition Bars)
  • 24 Packs of Water (Sprouts, Arrowhead, Deer Park, etc.)
  • Vitamin and Body Care Items
  • Promotional and sale items

What is the Sprouts return/refund policy?

If for any reason you are not delighted with your purchase at Sprouts, the store will be happy to refund your money with a proper receipt.

To learn more about the Sprouts Farmers Market’s return, refund, and exchange policy, visit our Sprouts Policies Page.

What other stores accept California EBT Online?

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

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

We hope this post on How to Use CalFresh EBT Online at Sprouts 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:

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