//Georgia adds more online options for food stamp recipients

Georgia adds more online options for food stamp recipients

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ATLANTA – Instacart, the North American leader in online grocery delivery, and Food Lion are partnering to provide greater access to low-income families that rely on public assistance when ordering groceries for same-day curbside pickup and delivery in Georgia.

The Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamp) recipients will now be able to use their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to expand their online grocery shopping capabilities through in-store, curbside pickup and delivery options while shopping through Instacart with this major retailer.

“We are excited to work with Instacart and Food Lion as our fifth partner in this statewide effort in Georgia. It gives us great pride to be able to provide this premium experience for customers that really need it,” said DFCS Director Tom Rawlings. “Not only does this move help meet the needs of current pandemic social-distancing guidelines, but an added benefit is the tremendous assistance it will provide for vulnerable populations who would benefit from greater access to curbside pickup and grocery delivery services. In a time of uncertainty, DFCS customers experiencing food insecurity will now have the same privileges as others who enjoy the convenience of these services.”

Between May and June 2020, DFCS expanded its reach by allowing SNAP consumers to make online purchases at Kroger, Walmart and Amazon and served as the pilot state for online grocery purchases at ALDI via the Instacart platform in November 2020. This current rollout gives SNAP participants the ability to purchase groceries online using their EBT cards through Instacart.com or by using the Instacart mobile app.

This flexibility will allow participants to buy food while promoting social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will help families with transportation and mobility barriers.

Participants will be able to use their benefits to purchase eligible food items from online retailers but will not be able to use their benefits to pay for service or delivery charges. To help subsidize costs for EBT FNS beneficiaries, through March 16, 2021, Instacart will waive delivery and/or pickup fees on up to the first three EBT orders for each customer with a valid EBT card associated with their Instacart account.

DFCS is committed to meeting the needs of this vulnerable population. For more information and updates about this commitment to online purchasing for Georgia SNAP constituents, visit the agency website online at https://dfcs.georgia.gov.

About Georgia DFCS

The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), a federally funded program that provides monthly benefits to low-income households to help pay for the cost of food. DFCS is responsible for issuance of SNAP, Medicaid and TANF to low-income families; assistance for out-of-work parents to help them get back on their feet as well as multiple support services