USDA Expands SNAP Online Shopping, Adds New Retailers
Online grocery shopping is a vital tool for addressing nutrition security
Washington, Sept. 20, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with states, territories and retailers across the country, continues to expand opportunities for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, participants to conveniently shop online for groceries. More than 150 additional retailer chains are now offering online shopping to SNAP participants, representing thousands of actual stores. In collaboration with state agency and vendor partners, USDA has expanded the availability of SNAP online purchasing to 49 states and the District of Columbia, providing more than 99% of all SNAP participants with access to online purchasing.
“Online grocery shopping is a convenient, safe, secure, way to shop for food while saving SNAP participants time and money,” said Stacy Dean, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. “Expanding the diversity of our online shopping retailers is a critical component of our nutrition security goal to provide better access to healthy, safe, affordable foods.”
In July 2022, just over 3 million SNAP households shopped online, which is a substantial increase from March 2020, when about 35,000 SNAP households shopped online.
In the last 4 months, 44 retailers were added to the program, representing 1,240 store locations. A few of those retailers include: Schneiders of Kirkwood in New York, 78 Target stores in Minnesota, and 10 Buehler’s Fresh Foods stores in Ohio.
- New retailers added in May
9 retailers; 517 store locations
- Freshfields Farm (2 stores in FL)
- Compare Foods Supermarket DBA AJP Enterprises, Inc. (6 stores in NC)
- Miller and Son's Supermarket (2 stores in WI)
- Broulim's (5 stores in ID, 2 stores in WY)
- Geissler's Supermarket (6 stores in CT, 1 store in MA)
- Super 1 Foods (8 stores in ID)
- Lake Region Supermarket Inc. DBA Lake Region IGA (1 store in PA)
- Whole Foods (33 stores in FL, 483 stores across the US)
- Cartwheel RI (1 store in RI)
- New retailers added in June
8 retailers; 192 store locations
- The Merc Co-op (1 store in KS)
- Local Market (1 store in IL)
- Spencer Cash Saver (1 store in WV)
- Lewis Food Town (2 stores in TX)
- Roche Bros (17 stores in MA)
- Rosauers Supermarkets (8 stores in WA, 7 stores located throughout MT, ID, and OR)
- Panaca Market (1 store in NV)
- Jewel-Osco (144 stores in IL, 5 stores in IA and IN)
- Abacus Business Capital, Inc. DBA Island Pacific Market (3 stores in NV)
- Market by Superior (2 stores in CA)
- New retailers added in July
9 retailers; 242 store locations
- Hometown Markets (1 store in AL)
- Schneiders of Kirkwood (1 store in NY)
- Cottman Produce (1 store in PA)
- Opie Drive-Thru Grocery (1 store in SC)
- Macey's (14 stores in Utah)
- Central Market (10 stores in TX)
- Jacksons Food Stores (40 stores in ID, 109 stores across CA, NV, OR, and WA)
- ExtraMile by Jacksons (15 stores in ID, 46 stores across CA, NV, OR, and UT)
- Brothers Marketplace (4 stores in MA)
- New retailers added in August
18 retailers; 289 store locations
- Froogel's Cost Plus Foods (1 store in MS)
- Gong's IGA Market (1 store in CA)
- Buehler's Fresh Foods (10 stores in OH)
- Fresh Market (1 store in UT)
- Dan's Market (2 stores in UT)
- Dick's Market (2 stores in UT)
- Lin's Supermarket (6 stores in UT, 1 store in NV)
- Autry Greer Cash Savers (11 stores in AL, 5 stores throughout FL and MS)
- Target (78 stores in MN)
- Shaw's (53 stores in MA)
- Star Market (14 stores in MA)
- Hines General Store (1 store in WY)
- Super 1 Foods (4 stores in WA)
- Pioneer Supermarket (1 store in NY)
- Hornbacher's (6 stores in ND, 2 stores in MN)
- KVAT Food City, "Food City" (11 stores in VA, 92 stores throughout AL, GA, KY, and TN)
- Capitol Centre Market (1 store in WI)
- Skip's on the Ridge (1 store in NY)
USDA is actively providing technical assistance to all stakeholders who are interested in offering SNAP online purchasing, and is dedicated to bringing a more diverse, broader range of new grocers online, with a focus on smaller, independent stores.
For more information about the program and the full list of retailers approved to provide SNAP online purchasing, visit the SNAP online webpage. USDA also recommends visiting your local retailer’s website to find out whether grocery delivery is available for your location.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also known as ARP, provided $25 million for EBT modernization that can be used through fiscal year 2026. As part of that commitment to modernization, USDA has taken the following actions:
- Announced the SNAP EBT Modernization Technical Assistance Center grant, which will use up to $5 million from the ARP to provide much needed technical assistance to retailers offering online shopping.
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service leverages its 15 nutrition assistance programs to ensure that children, low-income individuals, and families have opportunities for a better future through equitable access to safe, healthy, and nutritious food, while building a more resilient food system. Under the leadership of Secretary Tom Vilsack, FNS is fighting to end food and nutrition insecurity for all through programs such as SNAP, school meals, and WIC. FNS also provides science-based nutrition recommendations through the co-development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. To learn more, visit www.fns.usda.gov and follow @USDANutrition.
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