MILLIONS of people who are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are finding more ways to spend their monthly food money.
They are turning to technology to buy healthy food – a sign of the times in our fast-paced world.
SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, provides recipients with a monthly stipend.
The money is deposited on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.
People on SNAP can use their EBT cards at authorized retailers.
Today, many of these stores have expanded to allow people to shop online through their apps.
There are strict rules stores must follow, including obtaining permission from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which oversees SNAP.
In 2017, the USDA launched a pilot program allowing people to order and pay for groceries online.
It has since spread to almost every state in the United States.
Amazon and Walmart were among the first retailers to participate in the pilot program.
All online retailers must meet USDA requirements to be licensed.
SNAP participants can use their EBT cards to make purchases.
Participating national retailers include:
You are only allowed to pay for eligible foods with SNAP EBT.
You cannot pay for shipping and other fees associated with SNAP Benefits.
Turn to technology
SNAP recipients, who use smartphones, have a tool to track their monthly benefits.
A free app called Providers allows users to manage their benefits, save money, and earn income.
The app provides instant EBT balance check.
It also lists offers and coupons to help users every month.
It will send notifications regarding any relevant policy changes or new programs.
Beyond SNAP information, you can view job postings, from side hustles to full-time work.
The Sun interviews a food stamp expert who shares three myths about SNAP.
Additionally, we explain what day SNAP benefits are paid each month.
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