Big Lots is a company well known for its discounted retail stores which sell almost every possible item that you require to live your daily life comfortably. Big Lots have departments of food, home décor, and furnishing. Accessories, kids and toys, electronics, kitchen gadgets, and thousands of everyday items.EBT is an Electrical Benefit Transfer machine that allows the customers to pay the bill of their purchased items without waiting at the checkout/ cashier counters for so long.
Among many other companies, Big Lots is one of them. Few selected stores of Big Lots have EBT facilities. EBT is used mainly for grocery shopping at Big Lots.
Relation between EBT and SNAP: –
EBT is a service that allows the welfare department to benefit via it. It allows the payment of food that falls under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and cash assistance to the needy people and refugees of/in the states.
SNAP provides food purchasing power to low and no-income group people of the United States. Under SNAP, the families in need can purchase their daily food items and non-alcoholic beverages. This would help them gain nutritional benefits.
Products one can buy using EBT: –
One can buy food products that fall under the SNAP policy:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Milk and milk products
- Poultry products
- Bread and cereals
- Snack items
- Non-alcoholic beverages
- Sees and plants that would grow in the kitchen garden
You can’t buy stuff like hot foods, pet foods, medicines, paper, alcohol, and other household necessities using an EBT card as these do not fall under SNAP policy.
How to avail EBT card?
- To be able to have an EBT card, you need to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) of your state. You can call on the toll-free numbers given under SNAP hotline numbers, Food Stamps, Social Services, Human Services, and/ or Public Assistance numbers.
- Once you contact them, they will ask you to visit the nearest office and fill out a form.
- Once that is done, they will cross-verify your documents and your financial and nutritional status and provide an EBT card.
- Using an EBT card you can purchase daily grocery items.
- This policy is interpreted to provide nutritional benefits to the underprivileged citizens of the country.
Payment methods accepted at Big Lots: –
Big Lots is a huge company and to provide ease to their customers regarding the payments, they accept all sorts of payments. The customer can pay using:
- Big Lots credit card
- Gift cards of Big Lots
- Visa card
- American Express
- Apple pay
- And at very selected stores EBT is also accepted
For in-store purchase.
While shopping online from Big Lots, the customer can make the payment using:
- Apple Pay
- Google pay
- American Express
Big Lots is among many other companies that have a chain of retail stores that sell everyday items at an affordable rate.
Few selected stores of Big Lots provide Electrical Benefit Transfer (EBT) service to underprivileged people. EBT for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) policy avails the needy people everyday groceries items and at times financial aid.
Everyday groceries that fall under the SNAP policy are poultry items, fruits and vegetables, milk and milk products, cereals and pulses, and nonalcoholic beverages
Frequently Asked Questions: –
Q1. What foods are included under SNAP policy?
A1. Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the needy people can avail themselves of daily grocery items such as cereals and bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, poultry, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Q2. Which states of the United States of America have EBT services available?
A2. EBT service is available across all the fifty states of the country.
Q3. Is there any age barrier to benefit from the SNAP policy?
A3. This policy is for financially unstable families who cannot afford healthy food for themselves and thus there are no age requirements to avail the benefits of SNAP/ EBT.
Q4. Do Big Lots accept PayPal as a mode of payment?
A4. No, currently Big Lots do not accept PayPal as a mode of online payment. But one can make their payment using Apple and Google Pay, MasterCard, VISA, and a few others.
Q5. Who can benefit from EBT cards?
A5. EBT cards are launched under the SNAP policy of the welfare federation. This policy allows underprivileged people to have their daily groceries for which the government pays.
Q6. What is the amount allotted in the EBT card per person?
A6. The amount is per household and not per person. According to g to the most recent policy of 2021, per household, the government will provide around two hundred and ten dollars per month.
Q7. What are the eligibility criteria for SNAP policy?
A7. To avail of SNAP benefits, you must be on or below one thirty per cent of the poverty line.