September 2020 Update: Since this post, the list has grown to at least cover Amazon and Walmart in 40 states!
Oh, I love this! Online grocery shopping has been a lifesaver for me. It is, however, another one of those privileges of the middle class. Spoonies on food stamps deserve the right not to have to endure (even more) physical and mental pain just to feed themselves.
I still believe in the Golden Rule, even as our government continues to show itself to be heartless and morally bankrupt. Because of that, I feel it is all the more important to share things like this and to remind our leaders, “I’m middle class, I vote, and I care.” Yes, please, use my tax dollars to support things like online grocery shopping for SNAP recipients. I believe in making life better for others!
For many Americans, going grocery shopping can sometimes feel anywhere between an inconvenience and a trip to hell. For Americans with disabilities and chronic health issues, going grocery shopping can feel like a huge inconvenience and a nearly impossible trip to hell.
Earlier this year, however, the USDA announced it was piloting a new program with seven food retailers to allow SNAP participants to shop for groceries online. This makes it a little easier for disabled folks who can’t be in for the long haul.
How it works? Just visit the website of the store in question (in the state in question, as locations matter) and enter your EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card number. The program is set up to be as simple and secure as using SNAP in physical food retailers.
States involved in the initial pilot on Jan. 7, 2017, included Maryland, New Jersey, New York…
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