BREAKING NEWS: FreshDirect and Amazon accept food stamps card (EBT) at their online grocery stores to help alleviate poverty in poor neighborhoods
Want to buy groceries from FreshDirect and Amazon online stores but don’t have the money on a credit or check card? Do you receive food stamps from the United States government? If any of these apply to you, you are in luck. It’s a new year and new day. FreshDirect and Amazon accept food stamps card (EBT) for groceries and some selected items. You can use your food stamp card at FreshDirect.com, Amazon.com or any physical Amazon stores in your city.
“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 in a statement. “We’re looking forward to being able to bring the benefits of the online market to low-income Americans participating in SNAP.”
Outside of government partnerships, Amazon has recently been experimenting with grocery shopping in a major way. The tech giant’s plan for grocery stores that would not employ cashiers and that would require a smartphone for entry brought up concerns about excluding low-income customers and contributing to inequality.
Online grocery services from the grocers Safeway, ShopRite, Hy-Vee, Hart’s Local Grocers and Dash’s Market will also be included in the USDA’s program. The USDA is trying to determine whether local grocers or national services like Amazon will work best for families using SNAP, the agency said in a press release.
Customers will only be able to use food stamps to pay for eligible items and they don’t extend to service or delivery fees for online ordering. The pilot program is also intended to figure out whether to allow online payment, or just online ordering with in-person payment.
Do you think FreshDirect and Amazon accept food stamps card (EBT) to fight poverty or simply expanding their market to a target an ever growing government assistant recipients?