WASHINGTON (NEWS10) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced seven retail firms to accept food stamps online.
The program is part of a two-year pilot program that is slated to begin this summer.
“Online purchasing is a potential lifeline for SNAP participants living in urban neighborhoods and rural communities where access to healthy food choices can be limited,” USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “We’re looking forward to being able to bring the benefits of the online market to low-income Americans participating in SNAP.”
Firms selected include:
Retailers – Pilot States*
- Amazon – Maryland, New Jersey, New York
- FreshDirect – New York
- Safeway – Maryland, Oregon, Washington,
- ShopRite – Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
- Hy-Vee, Inc. – Iowa
- Hart’s Local Grocers – New York (based in Rochester)
- Dash’s Market – New York (based in Buffalo)
* Retailers with multiple States listed may opt to phase in Pilot operations state-by-state over time.
The USDA says SNAP participants will only be able to use their benefits to pay for eligible items and not for service or delivery charges.
The pilot program will test both online ordering and payment options.
Once the pilot program is complete, the USDA says it wants to roll it out nationally.
More stories you may like on 7News
Four women were arrested after deputies say they assaulted two witnesses who were part of a homicide investigation Sunday night.
Highway Patrol says Budrevich was crossing Wells Highway when she was hit.
One person is dead and another was hurt after a shooting on Old Canaan Road in Spartanburg County.
Deputies say a man was gunned down outside his girlfriend’s home and jealousy appears to be the motive.
Additional security will be in place at Pacolet Elementary School Monday after a student threatened another student Friday and said that a w…