The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system, linked to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, is a payment method that has spread greatly across the United States.
Such has been its reach that now more than 50 gas stations, including Circle K, accept the EBT payment method, allowing many Americans to refuel and even make product purchases.
Is the electronic benefit transfer method accepted in all Circle K locations?
Currently, Circle K has more than 7,000 branches around the United States, being one of the most recognized retail and gas station chains.
Unfortunately, although they are well known and have excellent customer service, not all Circle K stores accept the electronic benefit transfer payment method.
It all depends on the company’s policies in the state where they are located. For example, Circle K gas stations in Georgia do not accept EBT, but those in California and Indiana do.
So, when you go to one of these stations, you will need to check their payment methods.
Can I use my SNAP EBT to pay for gas at Circle K?
No, it is not possible to use food stamps, offered by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, to pay for gas at these stores.
It is important to remember that, as the name implies, SNAP food stamps are to be used only to obtain food items of nutritional value. Excluding fast or hot food.
On the other hand, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, also linked to the electronic benefit transfer method, is a system that does allow the purchase of additional non-food items.
These can be personal hygiene products, gas, gasoline, and home maintenance products.
It is with the EBT Cash card, related to TANF, that you will be able to pay for your gas at Circle K, while with SNAP, you will only be able to purchase food products.
How do I make an EBT payment at Circle K?
It is as convenient as a credit card payment. When canceling your purchase, you must enter or swipe your EBT card at the point-of-sale machine. You will need to enter the four-digit code with your card.
The digits must be entered correctly since, as is common with credit or debit cards, if entered several times incorrectly, the EBT card can block or even restrict access to the account.
After you enter the amount of money and your pin when you click on accept, the transaction will be completed.
It is important to remember that, when making the payment, products not included in the electronic benefit transfer regulations must be set aside from those that are.
If payments are made for products that are against EBT regulations, such as alcohol, cigarettes, and pet food, there may be consequences such as account cancellation or blocking.
Suppose the EBT card balance is insufficient. In that case, a portion of the products can be billed with electronic benefit transfer, and the rest can be canceled with a different payment method.