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North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services participants can purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards at an additional authorized online EBT retailer, BJ’s Wholesale Club.

This flexibility will allow participants to buy food while promoting social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will help families with transportation and mobility barriers. The online shopping system was developed to allow online purchasing by food stamp recipient households with EBT cards issued by North Carolina.

BJ’s became the sixth North Carolina EBT retailer joining Food Lion, Amazon, Walmart, Carlie C’s and Aldi, to be approved for online food stamp purchases. In May 2020, North Carolina was one of the first 10 states to implement online purchasing for food stamps and currently has the most authorized online retailers in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Food Stamp participants will be able to use their benefits to purchase eligible food items but will not be able to use their food stamp benefits to pay for service or delivery charges. Currently, BJ’s is only allowing EBT purchases for pickup orders, not same-day delivery through Instacart.

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This service is available to all BJ’s members with no additional costs or additional fees for either in-club or curbside pickup.