Amazon, Walmart Piloting Online SNAP Grocery Purchases In New York

New York State SNAP beneficiaries will be able to purchase online groceries from Walmart, Amazon and ShopRite through a new pilot program, according to USDA, which administers the program for low-income individuals and families. The test will begin in select areas of New York before expanding to Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington State.

ShopRite and Amazon will initially cover the New York City area while Walmart handles upstate New York, with plans to add more retailers and bring the program statewide in the near future. The targets of the pilot program are SNAP recipients who have trouble getting fresh food from brick-and-mortar…