Delaware EBT Discounts and Perks

Delaware offers a variety of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) discounts to assist those receiving government aid in stretching their financial resources further. The EBT program in Delaware, primarily known for providing funds for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), often comes with the added benefit of discounts and free or reduced entry to educational and cultural institutions. These discounts are a boon for low-income families and individuals, providing them with opportunities to engage in activities that might otherwise be financially out of reach.

EBT cardholders in Delaware can take advantage of offers such as reduced admission fees to museums, zoos, and state parks. Specific programs, like the Delaware Museums for All initiative, aim to ensure that the joys of discovery and learning are accessible to everyone, regardless of economic status. Besides cultural engagement, EBT discounts can also help families save on essential services, including telecommunications and utilities.

Museum Discounts

Museums Participating in the Delaware EBT Cardholder Discount Program:

  • Delaware Children’s Museum: EBT cardholders may gain entry at a reduced rate of $2 per person.
  • Delaware Museum of Natural History: Offers a discounted admission rate of $1 per person for up to four individuals per EBT card.

Public Transportation Fares

DART Public Transportation Discounts for EBT Cardholders:

  • Reduced Fares: EBT cardholders qualify for a discounted fare which is typically half of the regular adult fare.
  • Off-Peak Hours Discount: Additional reductions may apply during off-peak hours.

Educational Programs

Discounted Educational Services:

  • After-School Programs: Select institutions may offer after-school program discounts for children of EBT cardholders.
  • Adult Education: Reduced rates on certain adult educational courses may be available to EBT holders.

Locating Participating Retailers

Identifying retailers that accept EBT is key. Most supermarkets, and some convenience stores, and online grocers accept EBT cards. Delaware’s State EBT website provides a list of participating retailers. Benefits can also be used on eligible items via the USDA’s online purchasing pilot:

  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • ShopRite

One should ensure they shop at locations that accept EBT to utilize their benefits fully.

Exploring Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s markets offer fresh, locally-sourced produce often at lower prices. In Delaware, many farmer’s markets participate in the Delaware Fresh Food Access Program, which allows EBT cardholders to receive discounts on fresh produce. This can be a cost-effective way to use EBT funds, and some markets even offer “Double Up Food Bucks” for additional savings.

  • Example: Spend $10 of EBT, receive an extra $10 to spend on fruits and vegetables.

Finding a local farmer’s market that accepts EBT can provide both nutritional and budgetary benefits.

Delaware EBT Cardholders can enjoy a variety of discounts and perks across different categories. Here’s a comprehensive guide:

Digital Entertainment and Shopping

Amazon Prime for EBT Cardholders

  • Discounted Price: $6.99/month (Over 50% off the regular price of $14.99/month).
  • Benefits Include:
    • Free, fast delivery on millions of items.
    • Access to Amazon Pantry for grocery shopping (in eligible areas).
    • Instant streaming of TV shows and movies.
    • On-demand, ad-free music streaming.
    • Unlimited reading on any device.
    • Unlimited listening to original audio series on Audible.
    • Free game content with Twitch Prime.
    • Free unlimited photo storage.

Communication Services

Lifeline Program

  • Offer: Discounted home or cell phone services.
  • Benefit: At least $9.25 toward the monthly bill for phone or internet services (not both).Cell Phone Service Providers:
    • Safelink Wireless: 800-723-3546
    • Assurance Wireless: 888-898-4888
    • I-Wireless: 866-594-3644
    Home Phone Service Provider:
    • Verizon: 800-924-0585

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

  • Offer: $30 discount on monthly internet service and a one-time $100 discount on a laptop, desktop, or tablet purchase.
  • Benefit: Can be combined with Lifeline for added savings.

Cultural Sites

Discounted Museum Admission EBT Cardholders receive free or discounted admission to several museums, with fees ranging from FREE to $3.00 per person for up to four individuals per EBT card.

Participating Museums:

  • Biggs Museum of American Art
    • Location: 406 Federal Street, Dover, Delaware 19901
    • Phone: (302) 674-2111
    • Website
  • Delaware Museum of Nature & Science
    • Location: 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Delaware 19807
    • Phone: 302-658-9111
    • Website
  • Mt. Cuba Center
    • Location: 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, Delaware 19707
    • Phone: (302) 239-4244
    • Website
  • Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
    • Location: 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware 19735
    • Phone: (800) 448-3883
    • Website

Be sure to check out our other articles about Delaware Food Stamps and EBT.