Families Can Soon Use Food Stamps for Online Groceries

The USDA is rolling out a pilot program this summer
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2017 6:05 PM CST
Amazon Fresh delivery man Tim Wilkie prepares a grocery order for delivery to a residence on Mercer Island, Wash., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007.   (AP Photo/Joe Nicholson)

(Newser) – Families who rely on food stamps may not be left out of the future of grocery shopping after all. A US Department of Agriculture pilot program will allow Americans in certain areas to use their food stamps at Amazon, FreshDirect, and other online grocery stores, Mashable reports. The program is open to SNAP participants in parts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington. "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 says in a press release. Under the program, which starts this summer, food stamps can be used for online orders—but not delivery fees—at Amazon, FreshDirect, ShopRite, Safeway, Hy-Vee, Hart's, Dash's Market, and Local Grocers. (Read more food stamps stories.)

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