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Grocers agree to take food stamps from some Amazon shoppers

Posted January 17

Amazon shoppers in select states may soon be able to use food stamps to purchase their groceries online.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has partnered with seven grocers (none of them in North Carolina) for a two-year pilot program that would allow users of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) to pay for purchases made through Amazon.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack called it a "lifeline" for SNAP users who live in places where grocers, especially those who sell a wide variety of healthy fruits and vegetables, are rare.

The participating stores and markets are:

  • Amazon in Maryland, New Jersey, New York
  • FreshDirect in New York
  • Safeway in Maryland, Oregon, Washington,
  • ShopRite in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
  • Hy-Vee, Inc. in Iowa
  • Hart's Local Grocers in Rochester, New York
  • Dash's Market in Buffalo, New York

SNAP participants will only be able to use their benefits to purchase goods, not to pay for any delivery charge Amazon might impose.

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  • Benjamin Kite Jan 17, 2017
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    I am liberal and fully support the SNAP system. But, we need to understand that people who commit EBT/Food Stamp fraud are STEALING FROM THE POOR. The US government needs to be relentless in its effort to eliminate fraud in this system. That is going to mean changing SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER privacy laws so that EBT transactions can be merged with other US government data which can show a person as ineligible, for example: DEAD. Currently, the transactions are not legally auditable in this manner, and that keeps the door wide open for those who steal charity and good will from the poor.

  • Andrew Stephenson Jan 17, 2017
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    Oh? Explain.

  • Rudy Bizzell Jan 17, 2017
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    Well that will probably open up more fraudulent schemes.