BJ’s of Howell, along with the rest of the chain, now accepts electronic benefit transfer (EBT) payments for online grocery orders at all club locations. That includes items ordered for same-day pickup (both in-store and curbside) and delivery as well as shipment from BJs.com.
All clubs nationwide will now also accept SNAP EBT cards for in-store purchases and members can split payments at checkout between EBT and non-EBT items. Both an EBT card and a debit or credit card as needed for online purchases. The process is a little complicated at first but not difficult once you understand each step. BJ’s requires the consumer to do an initial balance inquiry to assure the funds are there for the food being ordered. EBT items are eligible for the same return policy as any other purchase as well through the member services center.
In 2021, more than 70% of U.S. households ordered groceries online at least once, according to analyst firm Brick Meets Click and almost 20% of all grocery business is expected to be online by 2025. In addition to the initial mobile services expansion the USDA is also developing a pilot to allow SNAP consumers to use their smartphones to buy groceries at the checkout counter and will soon seek states to participate in the program. The goal is to enable SNAP participants to input their EBT card into a mobile device and make SNAP purchases at the point-of-sale without the presence of the card.