A New Pilot Program Will Allow People To Buy Groceries Online With Food Stamps

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But the move also opens up the market to online retailers. Some 4% of Walmarts sales in the United States come from food stamp purchases estimated UBS analyst Michael Lasser in a report last year. The USDA is using the pilot announced Thursday to further test technical and security issues before it rolls out the program nationwide. It had to build technology to accept food stamp customers payments and create new web features for shoppers using the program. Delivery obstaclesBuying groceries online could appeal to food stamp recipients who live in food deserts in urban and rural areas the University of North Carolina professor. Lack of internet access in rural and low income communities could also limit food stamp recipients from ordering groceries online. So the move marks the first time SNAP customers can pay for their groceries online. ShopRite and Amazon are providing the service to the New York City area and Walmart is providing the service online in upstate New York locations. The pilot program will test both online ordering and payment. was on the initial list for the government pilot program Arkansas based Walmart Inc

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