Although Trader Joe's did not initially accept EBT, as of November 2014, all 150 locations in California now accept it. EBT, or "Electronic Benefit Transfer," refers to the use of food stamps. EBT cards are similar to debit cards, and food stamp benefits are loaded on to them.
Food stamp benefits can be used anywhere EBT is accepted. Paper food stamp coupons are no longer being issued; however, retailers must still honor them. These coupons should be used as soon as possible because, as of November 2014, the USDA is unsure how long this policy will last. If an individual is certified to receive food stamps, the stamps should be loaded onto the EBT card within 30 days from the application filing date.