Boston nonprofit grocery chain opens SNAP-enabled mobile ordering

A local grocery chain will now allow people to use government food aid programs to order online in a snap – and with SNAP it will be especially easy on a new app, the city has announced.

Mayor Michelle Wu announced on Tuesday that the city has donated more than $93,000 in federal relief funds to the Daily Table to create a website and app for people to use SNAP benefits to pay for groceries to be picked up. or to deliver.

“Expanding access to food requires meeting residents where they are and making it easier for busy families to get nutritious and affordable meals,” said Wu, who held a press conference. at the window of the non-profit grocery chain Nubian Square. She said it would help people amid the pandemic and winter storms.

SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which used to be known as Food Stamps before they were replaced by the Electronic Benefits Transfer Card. These EBT cards loaded with SNAP cash can now be used to purchase food through the mechanisms of the Daily Table website or mobile app.

According to Wu’s office, Daily Table, which also has locations in Dorchester and Cambridge, is one of the few grocers with online ordering capabilities and is the first nonprofit to do so.

Wu’s office said the money, which comes from American Rescue Plan Act funding, pays for the creation of the site, staff time to monitor it and to guarantee what would otherwise have been fees for customers. in order to make it work.

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