TARGET shoppers will soon be able to spend the benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) online on groceries.
SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, are used by approximately 42 million people nationwide.
Benefits can be used on fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry and fish, dairy, breads and cereals, among others.
Target’s more than 1,800 stores have been accepting SNAP for some time, but later this year Target will join other retailers to accept benefits for online shopping.
While Target couldn’t confirm a date, a spokesperson told The Sun that the retailer will have a SNAP digital payment option.
This allows customers to pay for SNAP-enabled grocery items on Target.com and through their mobile website.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President and Chief Food & Beverage Officer Rick Gomez at an event this month.
“It will make our entire experience, in store and online, available to all families and allow them to shop on their terms, regardless of how they pay for their groceries,” Mr. Gomez said at the meeting.
Other nationwide retailers that offer online payments
Walmart and Amazon have dominated the online space since they were the first to start accepting SNAP online in 2019.
They worked with the US Department of Agriculture, which distributes food stamps.
Below is a list of nationwide retailers that accept SNAP benefits online.
- BJ’s wholesale club
- Safe way
- Sam’s club
How do I use my SNAP benefits?
SNAP benefits are paid on EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards.
You will receive a plastic card with a magnetic stripe, similar to a credit or debit card, and will automatically receive your SNAP EBT account if you qualify.
You will also receive a personal identification number (PIN) for your protection.
EBT cards are used like debit cards in most stores that sell groceries.
Once your eligible groceries have been totaled at checkout, you can swipe your card at checkout and enter your PIN.
To use your EBT card for online purchases, you will still need your unique PIN, but after you have entered your card’s payment information.
Not all retailers accept EBT cards online, although they recognize the in-store benefits.
Check with your local retailer if you can shop online and get free grocery pickup, then pay in person with your EBT card.
Here are 14 states offering extra money on food stamps.
Also, SNAP participants can be overpaid.
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