Retailers and other businesses


All United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)-authorized Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) [ ] retailers may participate in EBT. Once your business is authorized to accept SNAP, sales representatives from companies providing point-of-sale (POS) equipment and transaction processing services will contact you. You are free to evaluate all commercial options and select the vendor of your choice. 

If an authorized retailer already has POS equipment, EBT transactions can be processed through the retailer’s existing equipment once the hardware is set up and/or programmed to accommodate EBT transactions. 

If a retailer does not currently have POS equipment, options include:

  • Commercial POS equipment – Obtain POS equipment that can process debit cards, credit cards, and EBT cards. Retailers make arrangements with commercial providers for this type of equipment. Retailers are responsible for all costs associated with operating commercial POS equipment. This is the only option available for most EBT retailers. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service provides a list of EBT third-party processors you can contact for more information at:

  • EBT-only POS equipment – Eligible farmers’ markets, direct-marketing farmers, military commissaries, non-profit cooperatives or organizations, group living arrangements, treatment centers, and prepared-meal services can request POS equipment provided by Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. (Xerox) on behalf of the State of California that processes EBT food and cash aid transactions ONLY. Eligible retailers authorized to participate in SNAP may select this option at no cost for POS equipment, processing, and training.

If you’re interested in applying for authorization to accept SNAP benefits at your store, call (877) 823-4369 or click here.

[1] As of Oct. 1, 2008, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program. 

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