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Wal-Mart, Amazon taking EBT cards for online orders

CHARLESTON — Online purchasing options are now available at Wal-Mart and Amazon for West Virginia Mountain State Electronic Benefits Transfer cardholders, the state Department of Health and Human Resources announced.

Using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or WV WORKS benefits, EBT cardholders can purchase items online from Walmart and Amazon, the department said.

“This is a major step in helping our clients gain access to food with increased protection for social distancing,” Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill J. Crouch sad. “By enabling online card transactions, West Virginia’s EBT cardholders can now purchase groceries for delivery or pick up with minimal contact.”

Effective Tuesday, EBT cardholders can make online purchases at Walmart stores in Elkins for pick-up and in Martinsburg for pick-up and delivery. Additional stores will be added today, the department said.

No additional fee is required for pick-up orders, however, there is a charge for delivery orders, which cannot be paid with the EBT card. The transaction can be split between an EBT card and another credit or debit card.

For online purchasing for EBT cardholders through Amazon, cardholders cannot pay delivery fees with their EBT card. However, purchases over $25 receive free delivery.

The cardholder can split the purchase between their EBT card and another credit or debit card if a delivery fee is incurred. The checkout process will prevent purchase of items paid by the Mountain State EBT card that are not qualified for S.N.A.P. benefits.

For more information about West Virginia Mountain State Electronic Benefits Transfer, visit https://dhhr.wv.gov/ebt/.

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