Instacart Teams Up With Grocery Stores To Help People Use Their Snap Benefits

Governor Baker’s administration announced Wednesday that those receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can use their benefits to buy food items online from additional stores. That's right, online and Instacart has teamed up with SNAP and grocery stores to make your shopping easier and getting some free deliveries too.

The online purchasing program kicked off in late May of 2020. Massachusetts residents have spent over $75 million in SNAP benefits in online grocery purchases across retailers.

Recipients are now able to use services provided by apps like Instacart to obtain groceries from Price Chopper, ALDI, and two more recently added Stop & Shop and Hannaford. Those using SNAP benefits were already able to use delivery and same-day pick up from federally approved retailers Amazon and Walmart.

Instacart has announced its plans to waive delivery or pickup fees through September 16, 2021, on up to the first three EBT SNAP orders placed by each customer with a valid EBT card associated with their account. For more information on EBT SNAP on Instacart, visit https://www.instacart.com/ebt-snap.

Those utilizing the program can enter their SNAP EBT information directly into the Instacart app as a form of payment. Once items are added to their cart, customers will be able to select how much of their benefits they would like to allocate to the order.

Because of the economic fallout of COVID-19, the Commonwealth has seen a historic increase in SNAP participation, with 100,000 more households now utilizing the program for a total of approximately 550,000 households,”

SNAP benefits may only be used to purchase eligible food items. The benefits cannot be used to cover fees like the cost of delivery.

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