You can use your EBT card to buy fresh, frozen or packaged seafood. However, you are not allowed to purchase hot or prepared food such as restaurant food. This page describes the Seafood restaurants that accept EBT cards So that your EBT can be used to purchase seafood from your local grocery store and several popular US seafood markets
Some fish markets accept EBT because they sell food to be prepared at home. But first they have to apply to become a licensed retailer. Benefits of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Recipients can use their EBT cards to purchase freshly caught seafood at seafood markets such as the Boston Public Market and Portland Fish Market.
Can I buy fresh seafood with food stamps?
Yes, the simple truth is that you can buy fresh seafood with Food Stamps using your EBT card to pay for it at a suitable fish market or grocery store. Fresh seafood that can be bought with EBT includes shrimp, lobster, fish, crab, scallops, clams, oysters, and more.
However, we will list the fish markets that offer EBT. You might also be interested in reading the list of grocery stores that accept EBT here.
List of Seafood Places Where EBT is Accepted
- Boston Public Market in Boston, Mass.
This fish market features an indoor market with vendors selling a variety of products and foods, including local seafood. They are open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Portland Fish Market, located in Portland, Ore.
They offer a variety of wild-caught fish, crab cakes, crab meat, shrimp, oysters, salmon and much more. Their opening times are daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The Saltwater Seafood Market and Fry Shack are located in Raleigh, NC
Saltwater offers fresh and frozen seafood, including fish, crabs, clams, lobsters, and more. They are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Note: EBT cards are only accepted in the market and not in the restaurant.
- Reading Terminal Market (John Yi Fish Market)
The John Yi Fish Market is located in the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Penn. They offer fish (farmed and wild-caught), shellfish, tuna, salmon and much more. However, they open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
ALSO SEE: How To Get Emergency Grocery Vouchers / SNAP
Seafood restaurants that do not accept EBT
The following fish restaurants do not accept an EBT card. They include:
- Crab Cake Cafe
- Bonefish grill
- The crazy crab
- Macs fish markets
- Conrad’s Crab and Seafood Market
- 4th Street Shrimp Store
- Pappas Seafood Co.
- Milwaukee Public Market / St. Paul Fish Company
- Andria’s fish restaurant & market
- Atlantic fish market
- Joe’s crab hut
- Monahan’s fish market
- Carolina Meat & Fish Co.
- red lobster
- Crab Pot ATL
- Santa Monica Seafood Market & Cafe
- The District Fisherwoman
- The Lobster Place fish market
- San Pedro fish market
- Jersey City fish stand
Hope you found this article helpful? If you have any questions or comments about the list above, or what you may or cannot buy with your EBT card, please use the comments section below.