Having SNAP EBT here in the State of Maine has gotten a little easier for those who find it difficult to get to the grocery store with a new program that Maine has started participating in.

The United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service is now allowing SNAP benefits to be used with online ordering. Along with the usual purchases you can make with SNAP benefits, you can now order for curbside pickup or delivery. Delivery fees associated with the order will not be covered with the SNAP EBT benefits.

48 states are participating in what is being called the 'SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot' where those with SNAP EBT cards can make online purchases with mostly larger, national grocery stores as an added option for shopping with the SNAP benefits.

The State of Maine was approved to be a part of this pilot program on December 31, 2020. after most states where already up and running with this pilot program.

The State of Maine offers only Walmart and Amazon currently to do online ordering with SNAP EBT cards but other states have up to six grocery stores to choose from.

This pilot is a way to test to see how online transactions go after the 2014 Farm Bill was passed to mandate this pilot program.

For more information on the program, check out the dedicated site about the program and where it is used in the United at the USDA.gov website.

For more information from the State of Maine about Food Supplement here in the State, check out the Maine DHHS's website

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