Can I use my EBT card at 7-Eleven?
(Last Updated On: January 22, 2019)
Can I use my EBT card at 7-Eleven? Today we will provide a detailed to this question, which is one of the most often asked questions we get from our readers. In addition, we will explain the rules around the list of eligible food stamps items and what you can and cannot buy with your EBT card.
7-Eleven is a chain of convenience stores that operates, franchises and licenses over 56,600 stores in 18 countries. To find out if 7-Eleven accepts EBT cards as a form of payment, keep reading below.
Since 7-Eleven is one of the most popular and widely visited convenience stores, it’s not surprising that food stamps cardholders want to find out if they can use their cards there.
In addition, 7-Eleven continues to expand their food options, including hot meals like pizza, sandwiches and hot dogs, hence the growing interest by EBT card holders in finding out if they can buy food there.
Can I use my EBT card at 7-Eleven?
Yes, you can use your EBT card at any 7-Eleven location in the United States to purchase eligible food stamp items. There are 7-Eleven stores located in all 50 states. To redeem your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at 7-Eleven using your EBT card, simply select the items you wish to purchase as normal and checkout at any of their available cash register terminals.
You can use your EBT card just like a normal debit card at the cash register terminal. Once you swipe your card, you’ll be prompted to enter your 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN).
You must have this information in order to complete the transaction. Be sure to only select eligible food items when redeeming SNAP benefits at 7-Eleven using your EBT card.
To find a 7-Eleven location, click here.
If you are not sure which items are eligible to be purchased using your EBT benefits? Check out our list below.
Here are the eligible food stamp items you can buy with your EBT card, including at 7-Eleven locations:
List of Eligible Food Stamps Items
- Bread, cereal, granola bars
- Pizza – all variety
- Dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese, etc.)
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Poultry & Meat Products
- Dessert Items (ice cream, brownies, cookies, etc.)
- Candy (Hershey’s, Snickers, Reese’s, etc.)
- Frozen food items (frozen meals)
- Soft Drinks & Coffee (Dr.Pepper, Arizona Tea, Juice, etc.)
- Snack Crackers and Chips (potato chips, crackers, pretzels, etc.)
- Seeds, Nuts and Plants (cashews, nut variety packs, peanut butter, etc.)
Your EBT card cannot be used to purchase supplement products such as protein bars at 7-Eleven.
More items that cannot be purchased at 7-Eleven using your EBT card include vitamins, medicine, household products, cleaning supplies, alcohol, tobacco, feminine products and cosmetics.
Popular EBT Store Questions
Here are some popular questions about places that accept EBT we think you will find useful:
- Can I use my EBT Card at Trader Joe’s?
- Can I use my EBT Card at Sam’s Club?
- Can I use my EBT Card at Subway?
- Can I use my EBT Card at Costco?
- Can I use my EBT Card at Whole Foods?
Food Stamps Fraud
If you buy foods or items that are not on the approved list, you are committing food stamps fraud, which can land you in jail.
The USDA is serious about arresting business owners who allow cardholders to use their benefits for illegal items. Also, EBT cardholders who are caught not only could go to jail but are may be denied future benefits, in some cases FOREVER.
Possible Punishment for Food Stamps Fraud
Here are the possible penalties you could face if you are caught committing food stamps fraud:
- A jail or prison sentence — possibly served in a federal prison
- Expensive fines and court fees
- A permanent criminal record that can affect your ability to get a job or rent an apartment
- Loss of your food stamp benefits
- An order to pay restitution
- Possible effects on your immigration status if you’re a non-U.S. citizen, including deportation or denial of your application for an immigration visa, green card, or citizenship
In addition to possible jail time, you will lose your food stamps benefits if you are found guilty of food stamps fraud. Here is how long you may lose your benefits based on how many times you’ve been caught committing food stamps fraud.
|First fraud/intentional program violation||12-month ban from receiving food stamps|
|Second fraud/intentional program violation||24-month ban from receiving food stamps|
|Third fraud/intentional program violation||Permanent ban from receiving food stamps|
|Providing false statement with respect to identity or place of residence in order to receive multiple food stamps benefit simultaneously||10-year ban from receiving food stamps|
We hope this post was helpful to you. If you would like us to find more retailers that accept EBT, please leave your suggestions in the comment section below. We love to hear from you!