Oklahomans Will Soon Be Able To Use SNAP Benefits For Online Grocery Purchases

Thursday, May 21st 2020, 9:29 am
By: Shannon Rousseau

Oklahomans will soon be able to buy groceries online from certain retailers using their SNAP benefits.

Oklahoma is one of 13 states expected to implement the program in a few months.

This is part of a pilot program with the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service that is currently in effect in 18 states.

Most states with the program have retailers like Amazon and Walmart accepting the online SNAP purchases.

While SNAP benefits will cover the cost of online groceries, it will not cover any delivery costs.

Once the program is fully implemented, it will cover 36 states and the District of Columbia which the USDA said are home to more than 90 percent of SNAP participants.

The pilot program started in New York City in 2019, after the 2014 Farm Bill allowed the USDA to roll out the online purchasing pilot.