How to Use CalFresh EBT Online at Target

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

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

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 Target
  • California EBT Card FAQs

"How to Use CalFresh EBT Online at Target"

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.

Target EBT Online Purchase Program for California

If you have a California EBT card, you can now purchase groceries online at Target for Order Pickup, Drive Up, and Same Day Delivery with Shipt.

Best of all, there is no minimum fee or subscription required.

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 Target

Target offers online grocery purchases with EBT for Order Pickup, Drive Up, and Same Day Delivery with Shipt.

Here’s how it works:

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

Next, follow the steps below to order

Step 1  – Sign in

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

Step 2 – Enter your EBT information

Add your California EBT Card number as a new card under “Payments.” Here’s how:

  • Select ”Add payment card
  • Select payment card type ”EBT card
  • Add your EBT card. Enter your EBT card number and optionally select it as the default payment. SNAP EBT balance will be applied to SNAP-eligible items.
  • Select ”Save“.

Step 3 – Build your Cart and Checkout

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

At checkout, Select EBT as the payment method and enter your PIN number and select “Confirm“.

Also, before you checkout, you will be able to edit the amount applied to the SNAP EBT payment if needed prior to selecting ”Place your order“.

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, select ”Place your order” to complete the transaction.

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 Target.

Do I need a Secondary form of Payment for Non-SNAP Items in my Cart?

Yes. You cannot use your SNAP EBT card to pay for non-eligible SNAP items. See what you are allowed to purchase with SNAP.

To pay for non-eligible SNAP items, you will have to enter a secondary form of payment to your Target account on or through the Target app.

Your additional payment method will be used for any remaining total not covered by the EBT card applied to your order.

This can include:

  • Items not eligible for SNAP EBT
  • Shipping or delivery fees
  • Backup items (just in case your original items are out of stock)

Does Target Also Accept EBT Through Instacart?

No, unfortunately, Target does not accept SNAP EBT through Instacart.

However, you can shop at Target through Instacart, but you cannot pay with your EBT card.

Other grocery stores have been approved to accept EBT 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 Target Shopping App?

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

At checkout, Select EBT as the payment method and enter your PIN number and select “Confirm“.

How do I download the Target Mobile App?

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

With the Target app, you can:

  • Shop your list – Get your favorite items with just a few taps.
  • Free Drive Up – Check out with Drive Up and Target will bring it out to your car and load your trunk, too.
  • Same-Day Delivery – A personal Shipt shopper will shop your order and drop it off at your door.
  • Get access to Target Circle offers – Browse hundreds of Target Circle offers. You can scan barcodes to add offers while you shop, too.
  • Save & pay in a single scan – Scan the Wallet barcode to apply all your savings—from Target Circle offers to gift cards to 5% savings with RedCard.
  • Plan ahead, get ahead – Fill out your shopping list and easily find your items in the aisles and if they’re on sale.
  • See it in stock – Always know if your store carries what you’re looking for, plus find top-rated items and user reviews.
  • Stay in the driver’s seat – Order with Drive Up & we’ll bring it right out to your car.
  • Get it & go – Choose Order Pickup & have it waiting for you at the store.

What other stores accept California EBT Online?

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

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

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