Amazon is among seven grocers selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to test online grocery ordering and payment using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps.
Amazon will accept online food stamp orders in Maryland, New York and New Jersey as part of the program. The two-year trial begins this summer and covers seven states, mostly on the East Coast. Safeway is the only grocer in the trial that will accept online food stamp orders and purchases on the West Coast, with Washington and Oregon as part of its program.
Amazon responded to the news with the following statement:
“Amazon is excited to participate in the USDA SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot. We are committed to making food accessible through online grocery shopping, offering all customers the lowest prices possible. Amazon’s selection and competitive pricing can improve the grocery shopping experience for SNAP participants while helping them extend their benefits …