This post is sponsored by Amazon
We’re a food delivery household. Prior to national lockdowns and changing collective behaviors I ordered groceries regularly due to my demanding schedule.
I’ve long appreciated the convenience of Amazon’s delivery options so I am happy that this convenience is available for households that may need a little support in the face of food insecurity. There’s nothing like coming home after a long, busy day and seeing your groceries at your door waiting for you.
Food insecurity is defined as the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources. According to the USDA 10.5 percent (13.7 million) of U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2019. One of the ways to bridge the gap between food insecurity is providing access, such as the acceptance of SNAP benefits on Amazon as a part of the USDA’s SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot.
Through Amazon.com’s grocery offerings and Amazon Fresh, SNAP recipients can use their EBT card to shop for a wide variety of groceries and access exclusive deals. Not only are they simplifying the grocery shopping experience, but they are also making it more accessible to individuals of varied income levels and financial abilities.
Most of us know Amazon for value and convenience, but it really matters when it’s a necessity such as food.
Early in my professional career I was living in New York City and no matter how much I reduced my budget buying, quality healthy food was a challenge. I enrolled in and was accepted to the SNAP program and it made a major difference in my food options and budget. This was before Amazon Prime, and their participation in the USDA’s SNAP Online Purchasing program even existed, but I often think how much of a difference that would have made.
Families and individuals who qualify for the SNAP EBT program receive the following benefits:
- Free delivery with a low minimum purchase
- No membership fee
- Exclusive deals reserved for SNAP participants
Using your SNAP EBT cars on Amazon is easy. You can simply add your SNAP EBT card to your existing Amazon account or sign up for an account if you do not have one. You can begin shopping for groceries immediately and will just need to enter your PIN at checkout.
Previously shopping online was not an option for families that relied on SNAP benefits so I think it’s great that individuals have additional options that make their lives easier. I’m excited and hopeful that Amazon has introduced benefits that increase access and ease financial burden.
Today I am able to ensure that we eat a minimally processed, whole food diet in our home. The days I’m unable to go to the grocery store doesn’t mean we will go without groceries. Whether it’s items for our pantry and snacks for Karris or fresh meat and produce that requires refrigeration, it’s covered with Amazon and I appreciate that.
To learn more and sign up, head to www.amazon.com/snap