135 Town Center Loop, Waynesville, NC 28786, USA
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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.

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Trish B

Thanks ric...from us disabled people...we appreciate your feelings...so when you want to take food out of the mouths of us, and the elderly...shows your true self.


Now that President trump is in office, I hope to see all EBT, Welfare and section 8 housing programs ended.


In a perfect world we wouldn’t need social services. But since its not perfect and we do have real problems - temporary and as well as fixed.

Then unemployment and rising poverty levels even for those with jobs not to mention mental health issues post PTSD Veterans etc etc will continue to beca concern.

Would you prefer cutting off all these programs to these people who need them forcing them to live on your back alleys scattered throughout your neighborhood rather than getting assistance desperately needed? Don’t be a heartless *** and show some humanity for those with less than you have!


I hope so too. Funny thing is the people getting these benefits aren't who you you've been told they are.

It's typically a well nourished white chick named Misty who shows up to Walmart with a giant cup of soda from the gas station, wearing her PJ's while wearing fake Uggs dragging little Tyler and Neveah to the pharmacy to refill her opiod based pills. Pills that she'll take home to her useless baby daddy who's sucking in disability money like crazy while working for cash under the table. Assuming he's working and not a thieving addict. So yes, please take away these folks benefits as well as the old fools who rely on them but voted for a crew that told them they would take food out of their mouths and cut their health care to fund a tax cut for the 1%.

We'll be shed of people like you before long and can reset this thing.

Sure someone in the hood is doing that same thing, only difference is they look better doing it than some sloppy P-W-T tramp from out in the county. Please trump, take their @#$# away and stop raiding my pocket.


I notice this too. Not that I can't go to another store...but Walmart always let you get soda with EBT...Not now :-( So I too will no longer buy groceries there.

Will use Ingles...which is just down the road.

And the store is cleaner, nicer, and no "old" or smelly fruits. Plus at Ingles...if you need assistance...you get it...Walmart you can walk around for 10 minutes trying to find an employee to help you.


Just a few more:https://www.thestreet.com/story/12532764/1/pictures-and-employee-emails-that-make-me-think-walmart-is-about-to-implode.htmlhttps://www.hrw.org/news/2007/04/30/us-wal-mart-denies-workers-basic-rightshttps://www.snopes.com/fact-check/wage-and-means/http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2018/may/26/groups-report-worker-abuses-20180526/http://money.cnn.com/2016/05/31/news/companies/walmart-gap-hm-garment-workers-asia/index.htmlhttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-07/wal-mart-female-employees-try-again-for-sex-bias-class-actionhttp://www.digitaltransactions.net/wal-mart-and-visa-settle-lawsuits-over-debit-routing-and-credit-card-interchange/




https://www.consumeraffairs.com/retail/walmart.htmhttp://www.demos.org/publication/not-made-america-top-10-ways-walmart-destroys-us-manufacturing-jobshttp://www.demos.org/publication/not-made-america-top-10-ways-walmart-destroys-us-manufacturing-jobsand my favorite movie which explains walmart: The High Cost of Low Price https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473107/


In all my research and I hope I’m not wrong but there are no laws that say stores have to even take EBT so just shut up and quit complaining


No stores don't "have" to take EBT...but if they do, EBT is governed by the USDA...so If a store takes EBT...they can't make their own rules about what can be bough...that's up to the USDA :-)


Sure the $100 was over a period of time, not in one visit. It happened over a period of MONTHS!!!!!

Trish B

I get it...I always save my receipts and went back and looked...things I used to buy with EBT are not allowed...even though the usda says they are....so if Walmart doesn't want us to buy with EBT...stop accepting it...then see how much money you lose.


As a taxpayer I feel anyone using an EBT card to purchase $100 worth of candy and pop is abusing the system. The cards are meant to profit nutritious food, not a bunch of junk food.

I do not object to the use of EBT cards as a means of supporting people in need, but are the really hurting if they feel they can spend $100 of their food money on candy and pop?

I don't know about North Carolina but in Minnesota nutritious food is not taxed but things like candy and pop are. I'll bet the food that is not taxed is allowed to be purchased with an EBT card but taxable items are not.


Is it ok to buy Koolaid and sugar? Frosting for cakes?

Cookie mix, etc.? Or should we just buy steaks? Oh...that's right they cost too much! So instead, we have to make it hamburger...which isn't all that healthy.

And why is it that Walmart doesn't cover the items that every grocery store in town does?

Do they make their own rules...if that's the case. DON'T USE EBT AT WALMART AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111


As a taxpayer....kids have birthdays....occasionally kids get candy!!! So get off you high horse.

You obviously aren't disabled and struggling to survive. I have to pay rent, car insurance, utilities, gas, household items, etc.

out of my tiny disability check - less than $750....So the EBT helps so much. So I completely understand not wanting to shop at a store that cheats people!

Trish B

I agree.. as a single working mother and ex-wife of an *** who doesn't want to pay child support.


. if it wasn't or EBT my kids would eat crackers, bread and drink water.