SNAP benefits can now be used online at Walmart and Amazon

Posted at 12:32 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 14:32:03-04

JEROME & CALDWELL, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced Tuesday that Idaho families receiving SNAP benefits can purchase groceries online at Amazon and at Walmart locations in Jerome and Caldwell. All Walmart stores will accept online orders starting May 7.

Idaho has been approved to participate in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) online purchasing pilot project. SNAP recipients can choose in-store pick up or delivery if available. If delivery is chosen, people will have to pay any delivery fee out of pocket.

“As stay-at-home orders are lifted, everyone is still encouraged to continue practicing social distancing, and this should help that effort,” said Kristin Matthews, program manager for Idaho SNAP. “At-risk and needy populations are still facing tremendous difficulty finding and purchasing food, and Idaho is continuing to explore ways to better serve them.”

Walmart and Amazon are the only retailers currently approved by USDA to accept SNAP benefits online in Idaho. Other retailers may apply directly with USDA to participate in this program. If the closest Walmart is in another state, check with the store to see if online purchasing is available.