A Major Mission Milestone: Thrive Market Now Accepts SNAP EBT

Last Update: March 22, 2024

300,000 signatures, one trip to Congress, and almost a decade later, Thrive Market is now proud to accept SNAP EBT. We’re the first online-only retailer to reach this milestone, making it that much easier for millions of families across the country to access the healthy food they need. 

Today’s announcement is a significant step toward our mission to make healthy and sustainable living easy and affordable for everyone — and it’s something we’ve been working toward since the early days of Thrive Market itself. 

A little backstory: In 2016, Thrive Market partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to bring SNAP EBT online so that families across the country could get wholesome groceries delivered, no matter where they lived. More than 300,000 people across the country signed on to show their support, and we traveled to Congress to fight for what we believe is a fundamental right: access to healthy food. Now, that long-held goal is a reality. 

“Thrive Market’s SNAP EBT acceptance is a groundbreaking move in making healthy groceries more accessible and affordable,” says Nick Green, Thrive Market Co-Founder and CEO. “Our acceptance will redefine how Americans can access healthy options, irrespective of their geography, with deliveries directly to their door.”

Read on to learn more about SNAP EBT and how you can use your benefits at

What is SNAP EBT?

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It’s the largest federal nutrition assistance program in the U.S. that provides food benefits to low-income families. By supplementing their grocery budgets, SNAP makes it easier for families to afford the healthy food they need. 

EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) is a system that allows a SNAP participant to pay for food using their benefits. An EBT card works like a debit or credit card: A cardholder’s benefits are loaded onto their card, which they can use to purchase SNAP-eligible groceries.

Quick Facts About SNAP EBT

  • More than 42 million Americans across all 50 states and the District of Columbia use SNAP EBT to get groceries and other essentials.
  • 1 in 5 SNAP households include a person with a disability. 
  • More than 65% of participants are families with children.
  • More than 29% of participants are families with members who are elderly or disabled.
  • Eligibility for SNAP EBT is primarily based on household income.
  • SNAP benefits are available to both individuals and families.
  • You do not need to be employed, have a permanent address, or be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for SNAP EBT.

How do you use SNAP EBT at Thrive Market?

If you’re not a Thrive Market member yet, EBT cardholders qualify for a free one-year membership through our Thrive Gives program. Once you’re a member, shopping for groceries with SNAP EBT at Thrive Market is easy. Simply update the payment method on your account page to your EBT card or add it at checkout and you’ll be good to go. You’ll be able to shop thousands of eligible items, from organic pantry staples and pasture-raised meat to wholesome meals and healthier swaps for your favorite drinks, sweets, and snacks. Find out more about using SNAP EBT at Thrive Market here.

What can you buy with SNAP EBT?

Wondering what you can buy with SNAP EBT? Here are some examples of eligible items:

  • Bread and crackers
  • Cereal and granola
  • Dairy products (milk, yogurt, butter etc.)
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, poultry, and fish
  • Beverages (non-alcoholic)
  • Snack foods
  • Sweets, like cookies and candy

There are a few items you can’t buy with SNAP EBT, such as:

  • Alcohol and tobacco products
  • Vitamins, medicines, and supplements
  • Pet products
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene products and cosmetics

Nearly 70% of products on are SNAP EBT eligible. Here are a few examples of the groceries you can get with SNAP EBT at Thrive Market, including everyday cooking essentials, school lunchbox must-haves, and frozen items for quick, healthy meals.

This article is related to:

Food News, Food System

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