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Does Trader Joe’s Take EBT in Ohio?

In today’s post we’re going to provide you with information about one of our most frequently asked questions – Does Trader Joe’s Take EBT in Ohio?

Trader Joe’s was born in 1958 as a small chain of Southern California convenience stores opened by a drugstore executive named Joe Coulombe.

In 1967 he changed the store’s name from Pronto Markets to Trader Joe’s and began to have employees wear Hawaiian shirts.

In 1988 the growing grocery chain expanded from Southern California into Northern California, and by 1995 it had 70 stores in five Western states. It reached the East Coast in 1996.

Today, the chain has more than 530 locations across the U.S., with 10,000 employees.

What Makes Trader Joe’s Unique

While a typical grocery store may carry 50,000 items, Trader Joe’s stocks about 4,000 items, 80% of which bear one of its brand names.

Trader Joe’s describes itself as “your neighborhood grocery store”.

Products include gourmet foods, organic foods, vegetarian foods, unusual frozen foods, imported foods, domestic and imported wine and beer (where local law permits), and “alternative” food items, such as vegan and vegetarian options.

About 90 percent of the items sold at Trader Joe’s are in-house labeled products, compared to 20 percent at other grocery stores.

As a result, Trader Joe’s is able to sell products at a deep discount.

EBT Cards are accepted as a form of payment at Trader Joe’s stores, including Trader Joe’s store locations in Ohio.

There are currently 7 Trader Joe’s grocery stores in Ohio. For a full list of Trader Joe’s locations that accept EBT in Ohio, keep reading below.

Table of Contents:

  • Does Trader Joe’s Take EBT in Ohio?
  • How To Use SNAP EBT at Trader Joe’s
  • Trader Joe’s Store Locations in Ohio
  • Does Trader Joe’s Accept EBT Online?
  • What Can I Buy with Ohio Direction Card?

Does Trader Joe’s Take EBT in Ohio? Yes! Here’s How:

Using an EBT card at Trader Joe’s is quick and easy. You don’t even have to separate your grocery items from your non-grocery items. All you have to do to use your EBT at Trader Joe’s is swipe the card.

After that, you can easily choose between paying with your SNAP/EBT benefits or paying with your Cash account.

How To Use SNAP EBT at Trader Joe’s

Using an EBT card at Trader Joe’s is quick and easy. You don’t even have to separate your grocery items from your non-grocery items.

All you have to do to use your EBT at Trader Joe’s is swipe the card.

Here’s how:

To use EBT at Trader Joe’s, here are a few easy steps to remember:

  1. When it’s time to pay, swipe your EBT card in the point of sale machine
  2. You will then have to enter your PIN
  3. If you do not have enough money in your EBT account to cover SNAP-eligible items, the machine will then ask if you want to use
    a credit/debit card or cash to pay for the rest of the items.
  4. Also, if you have non-SNAP eligible items in your cart, you will be able to use a credit/debit card or cash to pay for them.
  5. In some cases, you will be asked to show a photo ID to confirm you are the cardholder.

To check the balance on your EBT Card before you shop, see our post on How to Check the Balance on Ohio Direction EBT Card.

Trader Joe’s Store Locations in Ohio

Here’s the list of Trader Joe’s stores in Ohio. Scroll down to find a Trader Joe’s Store near you.

Cincinnati

7788 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45236 US
513-984-3452

Columbus

3888 Townsfair Way
Columbus, OH 43219 US
614-473-0794

Dublin

6355 Sawmill Rd
Dublin, OH 43017 US
614-793-8505

Kettering

328 East Stroop Rd
Kettering, OH 45429 US
937-294-5411

Mentor

9474 Mentor Ave
Mentor, OH 44060 US
440-350-7216

Westlake

175 Market St
Westlake, OH 44145 US
440-250-1592

Woodmere

28425 Chagrin Blvd
Woodmere, OH 44122 US
216-591-9457

Does Trader Joe’s Accept EBT Online?

You can use your EBT card at Trader Joe’s stores, but you cannot use it to pay for Trader Joe’s online orders.

However, you can use your Ohio EBT Card online on Amazon to purchase groceries.

Additionally, the following grocery stores also take Ohio SNAP EBT online:

  • ALDI
  • BJs Wholesale Club
  • Dave’s Supermarket
  • Earth Fare
  • Giant Eagle
  • Lucky’s
  • Meijer
  • Sam’s Club Scan and Go
  • Walmart

See our post on how to use SNAP EBT at Whole Foods Market. Also, did you know you can use your Ohio Food Stamps at Costco?

What Can I Buy with Ohio Direction Card?

Here is the list of items you can and cannot purchase with your Ohio SNAP EBT benefits:

Can Purchase with SNAP EBT CANNOT Purchase with SNAP EBT
Loaves of Bread Toys
Cereals Soap
Fruit Juices Liquor
Baby Foods Cosmetics
Peanut Butter Toothpaste
Baby Formulas Pet Foods
Dairy Products Toilet Paper
Canned Meats Paper products
Cookies, Cake & Pies Beer & Wine
Spices and Herbs Tobacco Products
Diabetic & Diet Foods Hygiene Products
Sugar & Condiments Household Products
Soda & Mixed Drinks Cleaning Products
Uncooked Meats & Fish Eat-in Grocery Foods
Canned, Fresh & Frozen Fruits Vitamins & Supplements
Seeds & Plants (to grow food) Prepared Foods for Immediate Consumption
Canned, Fresh & Frozen Vegetables Gift Baskets that Contain Non-Food Items
Water and Ice labeled for Human Consumption Live Animals (except shellfish or fish removed from the water)

Does Trader Joe’s Take EBT in Ohio? Summary

We hope our answer to the question “Does Trader Joe’s Take EBT in Ohio?” was helpful to you!

If you have more questions about your EBT or SNAP Benefits, please let us know in the comments section below.

Be sure to check out our other articles about Ohio SNAP and Ohio EBT, including:

Free Admission with Ohio EBT (60+ Locations)
Ohio Food Stamps Office Locations
Ohio SNAP EBT Balance and Login
SNAP Benefits increase for Ohio Recipients
How to file an Appeal for SNAP Benefits in Ohio

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