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Instacart To Accept SNAP Payments Online Across U.S.

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Instacart has announced that EBT SNAP can now be used to buy groceries online in every state, making Instacart the first and only online grocery marketplace to accept SNAP payments in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The company recently launched online SNAP acceptance in Alaska with Albertsons Cos. banner Safeway, completing the commitment it made in 2022 as part of the launch of its Instacart Health initiative and the White House National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health to bring SNAP online in all 50 states this year.

Instacart offers online SNAP payments from more than 120 retail banners across more than 10,000 stores. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, more than 42 million people – more than 12 percent of the U.S. population – are enrolled in SNAP. With the expansion, Instacart will reach nearly 95 percent of U.S. households enrolled in SNAP.

“Our mission is to create a world where everyone has access to the food they love. By expanding online SNAP acceptance to all 50 states, we’re delivering on our mission by modernizing access and connecting more communities to affordable and nutritious foods,” said Dani Dudeck, chief corporate affairs officer at Instacart.

“Now SNAP families in every state can enjoy the benefits of online grocery from a variety of local retailers that meet their unique tastes, needs and personal budgets. We’re proud to have reached this landmark alongside USDA, state agencies and our retail partners across the country, and we look forward to continuing this work to ensure every family can access the food they need to thrive.”

Instacart first brought SNAP online in 2020, working closely with USDA FNS to pioneer the retail onboarding process and expand access to online SNAP payments across the country.

“USDA is committed to ensuring every family has access to affordable, nutritious food, and we recognize the important role of private sector leaders in expanding equitable access to SNAP online shopping,” said Stacy Dean, deputy under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services.

“Such partnerships strengthen our collective commitment to advancing President Biden’s National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.”

With the launch of seven Safeway locations in Alaska, Instacart partners with Albertsons Cos. to offer online SNAP payments at 13 banners in 33 states and Washington, D.C.

“At Albertsons Companies, we’re committed to solving for food insecurity, and we want to ensure that all our local communities can shop from our banners, regardless of access to a physical store. Through our partnership with Instacart, we offer SNAP recipients same-day delivery and help overcome mobility challenges, including physical disability and lack of transportation, to better serve our customers,” said Stephen Menaquale, SVP of e-commerce for Albertsons Cos.

“Enabling SNAP online is a critical component of our ongoing efforts to create accessible, flexible and convenient shopping experiences for all customers.”

Where available, SNAP participants can shop for groceries from local retailers for delivery or pickup in as fast as 30-minutes or scheduled several days in advance. Instacart offers a discounted Instacart+ membership for SNAP participants for access to same-day delivery and pickup from more than 1,400 retail banners across the country.

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Sommer joined The Shelby Report in January 2022 after graduating from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA with a B.A. and M.A. in Communications and Media Studies. Sommer is excited to learn about the grocery industry and share her findings with The Shelby Report's readers!

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