Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 7:00 am
Amazon now allows customers in New York to use their SNAP benefits to purchase groceries online for home delivery. It is being done as part of a pilot program. More states will be added later.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries in New York state are now able to use their nutrition assistance benefits to order groceries online from Amazon and other retailers and have them delivered directly to their door thanks to a new pilot program launched with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
This is the first time that millions of SNAP recipients in New York can redeem their grocery benefits online.
Amazon is committed to increasing access for customers by offering low prices on a wide selection of items. With online acceptance of SNAP, Amazon is also offering New York SNAP customers the ability to shop the grocery and household selection on Amazon Fresh and Prime Pantry without requiring a membership fee.
This new initiative helps Amazon increase access for millions of low-income New Yorkers by adding a SNAP redemption option, with broad selection, low prices, and the convenience of home delivery. As Amazon expands the program will dramatically increase access to food for more remote customers and help to mitigate the public health crisis of food deserts.
While customers only in select areas of New York can currently use their SNAP benefits to purchase food on Amazon, the company is working with the USDA to expand service area coverage within New York state in the near future.
Additionally, the ultimate goal of this pilot is to pave the way for a national rollout once the USDA identifies the best path to large-scale implementation.
If you live in New York, and receive SNAP benefits, you can visit the Amazon website about SNAP EBT to get started.