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FMI Praises The Expansion Of SNAP Online Pilot And USDA

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FMI – The Food Industry Association welcomes the news that additional retailers – from independent operators to national chains and additional service providers – are entering the online Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) space, and applauds the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) commitment to authorize additional retailers in the coming months. There are now 46 states live with SNAP online, and the increase in authorized retailers furthers the goal of ensuring all customers can purchase their groceries online if they choose to do so, regardless of how they pay.

Leslie G. Sarasin, CEO of FMI, provided the following statement: 

“Consumer shopping habits are quickly evolving in these challenging times. The grocery industry has experienced a significant and sustained increase in online shopping during the past eight months. Online grocery shopping is at its highest levels since the pandemic began. According to our U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends data, weekly online shopping spend is 37.2 percent, up 8 percent from July, and the industry has dedicated substantial capital to respond to this growing demand. Offering online ordering and payment for SNAP customers is an important step to ensure that all customers have access to these services, regardless of how they pay.

“FMI is extremely pleased the SNAP online program has increased accessibility for individuals of all ages and demographics by authorizing additional grocers and innovative service providers to accept benefits online. We are also encouraged to learn that USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service has awarded a grant to explore bringing online services to the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program shopper. It’s essential that programs such as SNAP and WIC evolve to embrace new technologies and do not leave behind any shoppers in a maturing digital marketplace,” Sarasin said.

As the food industry association, FMI works with and on behalf of the entire industry to advance a safer, healthier and more efficient consumer food supply chain. FMI brings together a wide range of members across the value chain — from retailers that sell to consumers, to producers that supply food and other products, as well as the wide variety of companies providing critical services — to amplify the collective work of the industry.

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