Amazon Expands Acceptance of SNAP Benefits to Washington
Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2020 at 11:48 am
Amazon allows customers to use SNAP benefits to purchase groceries online for home delivery in New York State and now the greater Seattle area, with the rest of Washington soon to follow. This is a pilot program, and could potentially be expanded to add more states in the future.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries in the greater Seattle area are now able to use their nutrition benefits to order groceries from Amazon as well as other participating retailers and have them delivered directly to their door, thanks to a pilot program launched with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
SNAP recipients in the rest of Washington will soon have access to the pilot program, and SNAP recipients in New York state have also been shopping online since 2019. This is the first time that hundreds of thousands of SNAP recipients in Washington can redeem their grocery benefits online.
In addition to enabling SNAP EBT as a payment method, Amazon has made Amazon Fresh and Pantry available to Washington SNAP recipients without a Prime membership and free shipping available, just as it did in New York last year.
It should be noted that in this pilot program SNAP EBT can only be used for SNAP-eligible food items that are shipped and sold by Amazon.com. To make this easy, Amazon has placed a “SNAP EBT eligible” label near the product name. This is due to government requirements about what items can be purchased with SNAP – either online or in a physical store.
This pilot program could make grocery shopping easier for people who are eligible for SNAP and who live in either the state of New York or in the greater Seattle area. Those who do not have a vehicle or access to a reliable public transit system can use the Amazon program.