Walmart is now accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as a payment method for online grocery shopping at all of its pickup locations, according to TechCrunch. The retail giant will allow customers to select "EBT card" as a payment option at checkout when shopping on the Walmart Grocery website. Items can then be picked up at any of more than 2,500 locations across the US—shoppers will just have to provide their EBT card to a store associate before collecting their order.
Walmart began accepting SNAP for online grocery purchases in a very limited run back in 2017. The company has since expanded the service and plans to continue. It will soon accept SNAP payments at more than 3,100 store locations before the end of the year. Walmart is also participating in a New York-based pilot program launched by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that allows SNAP recipients to purchase groceries online using the assistance program.
Retailers have slowly been expanding their services to reach low-income shoppers in recent years. Amazon is also participating in the USDA program and has launched discounted services for those receiving government assistance. The massive online retailer offers its Prime subscription service at half price for SNAP and Medicaid recipients.