North Carolina allows FNS participants to use benefits at online EBT retailers

Posted at 12:57 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 12:57:46-04

Starting today, North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) participants will be able to purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at authorized online EBT retailers.

North Carolina is the 10th state to implement this flexibility, which will remain permanently in place beyond the COVID-19 emergency.

"People need to feed their families while also practicing social distancing," said NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. "This will allow families to order groceries at home and lower their risk of getting sick."

Amazon and Walmart are currently the only authorized retailers approved for online FNS purchases nationally.

All EBT retailers in North Carolina have received information from USDA about how to become approved for online FNS purchases and other retailers are encouraged to seek approval for online purchasing.