SNAP Recipients Can Buy Groceries Online


Starting June 2nd, Illinois' 1.8 million SNAP (sometimes called food stamps) recipients will be able to purchase groceries online from participating retailers.


The US Department of Agriculture, which oversees SNAP, approved Illinois as one of the states where this online purchasing will be piloted. Online grocery shopping and delivery will help to protect SNAP recipients who might be vulnerable for COVID-19 by allowing them to get groceries without going into a physical grocery store.


Initially Amazon and Walmart have indicated that they will accept online grocery shoppers with SNAP benefits. More information on the program, including for grocery retailers who want to participate, is here.