At our local Walmart store, Waynesville, NC they used to take EBT for candy, soda, etc. No longer. Each time I have put a soda on counter, or a candy bar for granddaughter, they charge me cash.
However as a business who accepts EBT...they can't make their own rules:
“Junk Food” & Luxury Items
The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act) defines eligible food as any food or food product for home consumption and also includes seeds and plants which produce food for consumption by SNAP households. The Act precludes the following items from being purchased with SNAP benefits: alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, hot food and any food sold for on-premises consumption. Nonfood items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, medicines and vitamins, household supplies, grooming items, and cosmetics, also are ineligible for purchase with SNAP benefits. Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are therefore eligible items Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes are also food items and are therefore eligible items
Since the current definition of food is a specific part of the Act, any change to this definition would require action by Congress. Several times in the history of SNAP Congress considered placing limits on the types of food that could be purchased with program benefits. However, they concluded that designating foods as luxury or non-nutritious would be administratively costly and burdensome.
How can a store decide on their own not to follow USDA food & nutrition guidelines. They get paid either way.
All they have done is lose customers to Bi-lo, Food Lion, Ingles & Publix as those stores DO FOLLOW GUIDELINES!!!
Used to love Walmart as I can do food shopping, household etc. Now I drive further and go to multiple stores and spend my money & EBT !!!!!
Reason of review: Pricing issue.
Monetary Loss: $100.
Preferred solution: Full refund.
Walmart Pros: Variety of products.
Walmart Cons: Ebt errors.