Jhe Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest federal aid in the United States which helps low-income households buy food for their families.
Formerly known as food stamps, the now electronic option of this government grant has many asking if they can buy groceries online.
The answer is unclear, with only a select selection of stores offering this option, and below we’ll outline the various factors when it comes to online SNAP payments.
Amazon, Target and Walmart
In all states of the United States except Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana and Montana, Amazon allows the purchase of groceries on its grocery delivery and pickup service , Amazon Fresh through SNAP EBT cards.
Amazon Fresh has a minimum order value of $35 for free shipping, and that amount can go up to $50 in some regions. Orders below these amounts may be charged and would not be covered by the SNAP initiative.
Walmart is the only supermarket authorized to accept SNAP EBT card payments for grocery delivery. These orders can be placed on the official Walmart website or through the Walmart app.
EBT online payments are accepted in all but two US states, with those in Alaska and Montana being able to pay for groceries using their EBT card during pickup.
Target announced plans this year to accept SNAP EBT payments for groceries, although no specific date has been set.
Same-day grocery delivery is available for $9.99, though it’s not yet clear if that applies to SNAP customers.
Which stores accept SNAP payments online?
There are a host of grocery stores that accept EBT payment for online grocery delivery, although you should check with your local store first to see what the policy is in your specific area. Here are the stores that accept SNAP payments:
- Hy Vee
- Stop and shop