The pilot program will allow recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to shop online with Walmart and Amazon. The pilot will start in New York but expand to Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington in the coming months.
(TNS) — Food stamp recipients in Alabama will soon be able to use their benefits to select and pay for groceries online.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is launching a pilot program today that will allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to make online grocery orders from Walmart and Amazon. The two-year pilot will start in New York but expand to Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington in the coming months.
Additional retailers are set to join in the pilot program in coming months, the USDA said.
“People who receive SNAP benefits should have the opportunity to shop for food the same way more and more Americans shop for food – by ordering and paying for groceries online,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said. “As technology advances, it is important for SNAP to advance too, so we can ensure the same shopping options are available for both non-SNAP and SNAP recipients.”
The pilot will test both online ordering and payments. SNAP participants will be able to use their benefits to purchase eligible food items but not service or delivery charges.
Amazon said food stamp beneficiaries will be given free access to its AmazonFresh service, which delivers groceries and fresh produce, as well as Prime Pantry, which provides everyday sizes of canned goods and shelf-stable foods.
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