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SNAP adds online option

Ohio residents who receive SNAP benefits now have a new way to get their groceries.

It was announced by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services on Wednesday that they can now use their EBT cards to purchase food online through Walmart or Amazon.

“With the previous ‘click and collect’ option, SNAP customers could order groceries but had to pay on-site by swiping their EBT card via a point of sale device inside the retailer or at curbside,” said Bret Crow, ODJFS director of communications. “With this option, you don’t have to leave your house. You can order and pay for groceries online.”

He said only Amazon and Walmart have been approved by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service to participate in the online shopping.

“This continues to limit the at-risk populations,” Freimann said.

SNAP recipients will still be able to order groceries online at Giant Eagle or Kroger. They may choose to have their groceries delivered, but federal rules prohibit using benefits to pay for delivery charges.

Flite Freimann, director of the Washington County Job and Family Services, said this also helps busy working families.

“They can take advantage of this to be more efficient with their time,” he said.

He said sites like the OSU Extension has, with menus and budgets for nutritional meals, could complement the new service.

“They can pull up the menu and right there order the groceries for those meals,” he said.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

• SNAP recipients can now use their benefits to purchase groceries online.

•Previously, they could order groceries online, but had to pay at the store.

•Groceries can be purchased at Walmart or Amazon.

Source: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

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