Does CVS Take or Accept EBT?

Many Americans are on EBT and wonder does CVS take or accept EBT in 2018? Yes, CVS does accept EBT as a form of payment for the food you can purchase.

What is CVS?

CVS or as many of us know it as CVS Pharmacy is an American retail and health care company. CVS Health is headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. CVS was also known as the Consumer Value Store before simply referring to CVS. The original Consumer Value Store was founded in Lowell, Massachusetts back in 1963. The original owner of the company was Melville Corporation. This was until 1996 when CVS Health was spun into its own company. Currently CVS is the largest pharmacy chain in the United States. In 2016 there were over 9,600 stores.

CVS is a store that sells prescription drugs as well as general merchandise. There are over-the-counter drugs, beauty products, and even cosmetics. CVS also offers film and photo services, seasonal merchandise, greeting cards, and many convenience foods.

CVS is often compared to the store Walgreens but there are many differences. While both appear the same, however, CVS has a different view than Walgreens to investors. Walgreens has a clean financial track whereas CVS has gone through different ownership and that makes its record a little less predictable.


There are many locations of CVS Pharmacy. CVS is located all over the United States. With over five stores in each state. Each store is relatively the same with what they sell. However, each store is going to have their own preferences due to location. For example, a CVS in Wisconsin might not have the same products exactly as a state such as Florida. The things that are sold by stores are what are in demand in that area at that time. Each state has their general items and those that are specific to the location.


EBT is formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. This is also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is a federal assistance program that helps people who have low incomes and resources to buy the food they need for good health. These benefits are administered on a card electronically. You are able to use these cards like debit or credit cards for food purchases only. The benefits are administered through electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards.

CVS now has over six thousand locations where EBT is accepted nationwide. However, you cannot use EBT food stamps on all foods or drinks. You can use your EBT food stamps for the following:

  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Dairy Products
  • Seeds and/or plants that will produce food for the house

You are not able to use your EBT food stamps for:

  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Liquor
  • Cigarettes
  • Tobacco
  • Vitamins
  • Medicines
  • Hot Foods
  • Non-Food Items
    • Pet Food
    • Soap
    • Paper products
    • Household supplies

You are able to use your EBT food stamps to purchase canned goods and cold foods. You EBT food stamps are not going to be able to buy you fast food or even food at a gas station that has already been prepared. You are allowed to use your food stamps to purchase drinks and other boxed foods as well. Just keep in mind anything that is already prepared and cooked is not able to be purchased with your EBT food stamps.