SNAP Benefits: Are There Home Delivery Services That Accept EBT Cards?

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — the largest federal nutrition assistance program, which provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families via an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that enables beneficiaries to purchase eligible food in authorized retail food stores. But do meal delivery kits accept EBT?

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Frugalreality.com points out that there are several reasons why some beneficiaries might need to find delivery kits, including the fact that the nearby grocery store isn’t well-stocked, or you are short on time to visit a crowded store. The delivery factor also can save on time and gas.

However, Top Box Foods seems to be the only meal delivery service that accepts EBT at the moment, according to Frugalrelity.com, while its top competitors, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron don’t accept EBT as a payment method. That means SNAP recipients have limited options because most meal delivery services don’t accept EBT cards.

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But this might soon change as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a federal pilot program geared toward allowing states to add EBT cards as an online payment option so that grocery stores and meal delivery services can start accepting EBT and SNAP food stamps, Frulgalreality.com reported.

Instacart, for example, expanded  EBT SNAP integration in partnership with ALDI, in December 2020, according to a press release. Since, EBT SNAP online payment has been available at nearly 1,000 more ALDI stores across 23 states and Washington, D.C. This expansion followed the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s most recent approval allowing Instacart and ALDI to expand this online EBT SNAP pilot, according to the release.

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“ALDI is proud to be the first grocery retailer to accept EBT SNAP benefits as a form of payment online via Instacart for grocery delivery and Curbside pickup,” Scott Patton, Vice President, National Customer Interaction Services for ALDI U.S., said at the time. “This service is now available at nearly 90% of ALDI stores, across 29 states and Washington, D.C., following successful pilots in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas.”

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.

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