SNAP Benefits 2022: Payments Online May Be Easier

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It’s taken a while for the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot to make its presence known throughout all U.S. states. But, as Forage noted, with online grocery shopping expected to grow to 21.5% of the total grocery sales in the U.S. by 2025, participation rates among states and retailers are expanding all the time.

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On Aug. 15, Forage — a San Francisco-based third-party payment processor (TPP) and electronic benefits transfer (EBT) authenticator — announced that it has been approved by the USDA to provide EBT payments for SNAP online purchases. Forage joins Fiserv (PaySecure) and FIS Global (Worldpay) as the only platforms providing this secure service to retailers and their online SNAP customers.  

Having another provider will make it easier for the 42 million Americans currently receiving food stamps to spend them online, per Supermarket News, as will the USDA-supported SNAP EBT Modernization Technical Assistance Center grant program, launched in July 2022.

The $5 million assistance grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan and its aim is to “help expand the number of retailers that offer recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP) benefits online grocery shopping,” per Supermarket News. The recipients or organization(s) receiving this grant will be announced in the fall.

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The SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot was originally created as a pilot test through the 2014 Farm Bill. The online business plan has grown ever since, with all 50 states (except Alaska) and the District of Columbia participating in SNAP online retail purchasing via local retailers and chain giants.

Here is a list of the bigger national retailers that accept online SNAP payments in most states, followed by a list of each state’s regional and local stores that welcome online grocery shopping through SNAP EBT.

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Large National/Regional Chain Stores in your State Accepting SNAP Payments Online

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Semi-Regional/Local Retailers in Your State Accepting SNAP Payments Online

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