As much as we want to blame the government for its incompetence and lack of action, they do have various programs that aim to help the poor and less privileged. Two of these programs are EBT and WIC. Both of these programs aim to help low-income individuals and mothers afford to purchase healthy food for themselves and their families.
First, let us talk about EBT or Electronic Benefits Transfer. This particular project provides funds and benefits to individuals who are qualified for the project. The funds and benefits are provided by the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. SNAP is allotted a budget to further allot to people who are considered as low income.
Those who do qualify for the program are given a plastic card which greatly resembles normal ATM cards. These cards are called EBT cards. Just as their aesthetic, they also work just like debit cards. However, instead of getting cash, they can only use the credits within the card to buy certain items. A fun fact about SNAP, it was actually used as Food Stamps but was renamed back in 2008.
On the other hand, WIC means the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Similar to EBT, the state is also given a budget to further distribute to their qualifying population. Similar to SNAP, WIC recipients are also given a card with a magnetic strip. This card also functions as an ATM card. Similarly, WIC cards are only eligible to buy WIC approved items.
In this article, we will discuss whether or not Vons accept EBT and WIC. We will also discuss other relevant information regarding these.
Does Vons accept EBT?
Let us tackle EBT first. If you are wondering whether or not Vons accept EBT, you are at the right place. Probably, you already know that after reading the article. Anyway, Vons does accept EBT as long as the products qualify in EBT guidelines. Basically speaking, this includes packaged and unprepared or cold foods. Take for example the fried chicken from the deli counters.
These finger smacking deliciousness only qualifies for EBT if they are refrigerated. If they are served piping hot and mouth-watering, then not really. Oh, and it is quite important to note that items up on clearance may ring up as another item at the register and no longer be considered as food items. If it is not a food item, then EBT does not cover it. Run! Or just put it back.
If you need further information regarding what kind of items you can and can not buy using your EBT card, then you may want to check out our other articles pertaining to these topics. We bet you will also have an amazing time reading them just like you are having an amazing time reading this one.
Speaking of Vons, it is important to note that these stores have varying operating hours depending on location. Some Vons is open 24/7, while others close at around midnight and reopen at around five or six AM. Either way, you might find it useful to research beforehand before going to Vons during ungodly hours of the day… or dawn.
How can I use my EBT at Vons?
Using your EBT at Vons is actually pretty simple. You only have to go to the register and swipe your neat and slick card. This is pretty similar to how you swipe your credit card to pay. If you opt to use your EBT card to pay for your goods, it is important to use it first before paying in other ways.
This is due to the fact that doing this first removes all non-qualifying and non-grocery products off the list. As such, the other products could be purchased using other means. Be it through a credit card or cash. If you slide your debit card prior to the EBT card, then your debit card will handle the entire bill.
What are the other grocery stores that will accept my EBT card?
To sum it up, almost every major grocery chain accepts EBT. In addition to that, a lot of other stores like those in the gas stations or the convenience stores also accept EBT. If you want a full and comprehensive list of stores and shops that accept EBT. You may check our other article talking about this very topic.
On the other hand, if you want to use your EBT and get your goods delivered at your very doorstep, you may want to read our article talking about that process. Generally speaking, you cannot use an EBT card for delivery services.
However the USDA has already run some pilot programs for delivery and online grocery shopping. As such, you may have some options that would cater to your needs. In addition to that, there are also more considerate grocery stores who would willingly accept EBT cards as payment if you are handicapped or an elder.
Do they accept WIC?
As we have already stated above, WIC stands for government-funded Woman, Infants, and Children Program. This program aims to provide needed goods to expectant and new mothers. Credits are transferred to their magnetic WIC cards and they can use these credits to buy infant formula and other needed grocery staples like peanut butter, cereal, cheese, and vegetables. Although EBT and WIC seem pretty much the same, they are actually not. The items and products you can buy with both actually differ significantly.
Now, tackling the question that we have put as the heading, Vons actually accept purchases using WIV cards. Now, is that not pretty nice?
How to use WIC at Vons?
Alright, so you can buy using your WIC card, but what is the use of that if you do not know how to transact using it. Nah, just kidding. You should not have any problems. It is pretty similar to how you would use your EBT and debit cards. Just swipe em!
We do want to give you a tip, though. If you want to use your WIC and EBT cards at the same purchase, you would want to swipe your WIC first then your EBT second. By doing this, your WIC will eliminate all of the qualifying items on your list. The EBT will then clear the other grocery items. Lastly, if there are other non-qualifying and non-food items, then your debit card will have to take care of that.
Just to sum everything up. Vons does accept both EBT and WIC cards as long as the product you are buying qualifies to their criteria. By using your EBT card, you will be able to buy most food items. Although, remember that you cannot buy hot food items. On the other hand, the WIC card pays for infant formula and other grocery staples. If you have both, then you are pretty neat and are like some sort of card superman. Do be smart on how to use it. Always remember to swipe the WIC card first, then the EBT second, and finally whatever other methods you opt to use to pay the remaining balance.
If Vons is somehow not part of your options, then most other major grocery chains also accept EBT and WIC. If you are ever in doubt, it will not do you any harm to ask the staff and crew of the shop. If that is not your thing, then a single search from our site will land you to an article detailing all the stores out there which accept EBT or WIC or both. Happy shopping!
Read also: Do Whole Foods Take EBT?
Robert Gomez was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He currently lives in Northern California with “the wifey,” “the kids,” “the dog,” and “that cat,” 🙁 He is also a former journalist who has interviewed murderers on death row. Felonyfriendlyjobs.org was born to help ex-felons get a second chance in life.