New retailers join SNAP recipients in buying food online and shopping directly from their mobile device – The Southland Journal
New retailers join SNAP recipients in buying food online and shopping directly from their mobile device (Springfield, IL) – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved retailers Sam’s Club and Meijer Grocery for l buying online SNAP. With these additions, Illinois LINK card users can now purchase groceries online through eleven chain stores across the state.
Illinois has approximately 1.8 million SNAP recipients. The Pritzker administration allowed these customers to purchase groceries online at the start of the pandemic. Since March 2020, the pool of participating retailers has grown significantly. Illinois SNAP customers who wish to shop at Meijer must reside in an area where Instacart is an option. Additionally, Meijer grocery stores accept EBT online via Instacart.
“Every Illinois resident deserves equitable access to healthy food options,” Governor JB Pritzker said. “This latest round of expansion for SNAP retailers online helps make that a reality for thousands of SNAP customers across the state.”
Along with Sam’s Club and Meijer, Illinois’ eleven online SNAP retail partners include Capri IGA, County Market, Fairplay Neighborhood Market, Schnucks, Supermercados El Guero, Woodman’s Market, ALDI, Amazon and Walmart.
Other grocery retailers interested in being part of the program can learn more and apply at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/online-purchasing-pilot.
“I’m proud of the public-private commitment to expand online shopping options for SNAP customers in Illinois,” said Grace B. Hou, Secretary of IDHS. “Giving families an online option to access quality food is so important, and I’m grateful to our partners at Sam’s Club, de Meijer and USDA for making this possible.”
Various Sam’s Club locations in Illinois will begin accepting EBT as a form of payment using their “Scan and Go” mobile app starting this month.
The USDA requires all authorized SNAP retailers, including authorized online retailers, to ensure that SNAP benefits are used to purchase only eligible food products. A list of eligible food items that can be purchased using SNAP benefits can be found here: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items
Illinois residents can use the SNAP Eligibility Calculator to determine if they qualify for SNAP benefits. IDHS has an additional resource page for SNAP benefit amounts and eligibility limits which can be viewed here: DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT
Related updates on the Illinois Online SNAP program are posted at www.DHS.illinois.gov/OnlineSNAP
New retailers join SNAP recipients in buying food online and shopping directly from their mobile device