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How to Accept SNAP Benefits at Your Store

All authorized SNAP retailers must use Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) equipment and transaction services. Most retailers are required to purchase EBT equipment and services on their own.

EXCEPTIONS: Eligible farmers markets, direct-marketing farmers, military commissaries, non-profit food buying cooperatives, group living arrangements, drug and alcohol 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 list of some available vendors for EBT equipment and services can be found at the SNAP EBT Third Party Processor List. FNS does not endorse any company. You are NOT required to select one of the companies on the list. SNAP authorized retailers should review the cost of leasing or purchasing equipment and services. Then, they should make the best choice for their business.

Manual Vouchers

Retailers may only use manual vouchers during a system outage or disaster. Your business may currently use manual vouchers to conduct SNAP transactions. If so, and you were SNAP authorized prior to March 22, 2014 or are one of the retailer exceptions identified above, you may continue to use manual vouchers unless notified by FNS. However, you must still purchase EBT equipment 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.

Page updated: March 01, 2023