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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

How to Accept SNAP Benefits at Your Store

Last Published: 09/29/2015

All authorized SNAP retailers must participate in the program by using Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system equipment and transaction services. Most retailers are required to obtain and pay for EBT equipment and services on their own.

EXCEPTIONS: Eligible farmers’ markets, direct-marketing farmers, military commissaries, non-profit food buying cooperatives, group living arrangements, treatment centers, and prepared meal services (other than for-profit restaurants participating in State-option restaurant programs) may continue to qualify for free EBT equipment and services until further notice.

A partial list of available vendors for EBT equipment and services can be found at this link: SNAP EBT Third Party Processor List.  FNS does not endorse any one company over the other. SNAP authorized retailers should review the cost of leasing or purchasing equipment and services and make the best choice for their business; you are NOT required to select from one of the companies on the list.

If your business currently uses manual vouchers to conduct SNAP transactions, and you were authorized to accept SNAP prior to March 22, 2014, or you are one of the excepted retailer types identified above, you may continue to use manual vouchers until the Food and Nutrition Service notifies you of a change. However, you must arrange for and pay for EBT equipment as noted above and work with your EBT terminal provider regarding manual voucher supplies and processing. Other retailers may not use manual vouchers except during a system outage or disaster.