Does Speedway Take EBT? (Yes, But Read This First)

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When we think of Speedway stores, we automatically think about topping up our gas tanks. But Speedway stores offer so much more than just gas.

So, does Speedway take EBT? Yes, they do. Although you may want to read this article first as there are certain rules to follow when using it.

Using EBT At Speedway

Speedway stores only accept payment by EBT for SNAP-eligible items. Therefore, you cannot purchase gas, or any other products that do not qualify for EBT.

So what items are classed as SNAP-eligible? Let’s take a look.

SNAP-eligible items

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Breads and Cereals
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt)
  • Fish
  • Soft Drinks
  • Energy Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Desserts

It is unlikely you’ll be doing your weekly grocery shop at Speedway, however it helps to know that you can use your EBT card if you need a couple of items while you’re out and about.

Prohibited Items

Items you cannot purchase using your EBT card include:

  • Tobacco products
  • Alcohol
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Pet food/supplies
  • Household items
  • Any other non-food items

Why Can’t I Buy Gas With EBT?

Gas is not covered by the SNAP program as it is not beneficial to the health or lifestyle of an individual.

The SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) was introduced to provide families on low incomes with access to healthy and nutritious foods and drinks. Therefore, it is clear to see why gas is prohibited as it is not considered an essential item/product.

The same can be said for all convenience stores that are also gas stations. So if you need to fill up with gas and purchase some bread and milk, you will need an alternative payment method to cover the cost of the gas.

How To Use Your EBT Card At Speedway

Using your EBT card at Speedway couldn’t be easier. The process is very much the same as in any other grocery store. Here’s a short guide to help you out.

Step #1: Scan Your Items

First of all, the cashier needs to scan each one of your items. You may even want to let them know you plan to pay using EBT beforehand.

Step #2: Insert Your EBT Card

Once your items have been scanned, the cashier will ask you to insert your EBT card into the reader. It is at this point you will need to enter your EBT four-digit pin number. You will have received your PIN number upon activating the card.

If you have forgotten your PIN number, you will need to find another method of payment. In order to get a new PIN number, you will need to contact EBT customer service.

Step #3:Take Your Items

Once the transaction is authorised, you can take your items. If your items are a mixture of EBT-eligible and non-eligible items, you will need an alternative payment method for the non-eligible items.

Can You Purchase Hot Food With EBT?

Unfortunately, EBT prohibits the purchase of hot food and hot drinks that are prepared upon purchase. If you live in an area registered under the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP), then this allows individuals to purchase food from restaurants using EBT.

However, this is only available to certain individuals who may be homeless, elderly, or disabled.

Do All Speedway Stores Accept EBT?

Yes, if there is a Speedway store in your location, it will accept payment using an EBT card. However, if you are unsure, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local Speedway to find out.

Speedway Payment Options

Below are all of the different ways you can pay for items at Speedway including:

  • Cash
  • Debit
  • Credit
  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay

Can I Use My EBT Card If It Is Damaged?

Luckily, a damaged EBT card can still be used. In such a case, the cashier will be able to manually input the details of your card into their system. However, you will still need to enter your PIN number into the reader.

What Should I Do About A Lost Or Stolen EBT Card?

If you have lost/misplaced your EBT card, or if it has been stolen, you should contact your local EBT customer service hotline to order a replacement. The customer service assistant will then cancel your card so that nobody else can use it. However, you may need to wait 3-5 working days for a new one to arrive. You will then need to activate the card before using it.


So there you have it. Speedway does take valid EBT as a valid method of payment for SNAP-eligible items. This means that unfortunately, you cannot buy gas with your EBT card. For more information about using your EBT card at Speedway, or any store for that matter, get in touch with your local EBT customer service.

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