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USDA approves online shopping option for SNAP recipients in Florida

Posted at 4:11 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 17:43:53-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Families who use Florida's Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) to purchase foods can soon order their groceries online.

On Saturday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the approval of Florida's request to provide online grocery purchases through the SNAP program.

“I thank the USDA and Secretary Perdue for granting the state’s request to bring safer grocery options to Florida’s families in need,” said Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried. “Through this innovative pilot program, SNAP households can purchase food online and pay using their EBT card at pickup, among other options. This reduces shopping risk from COVID-19, helps fulfill consumer demand, and keeps Florida-grown products moving to families.”

The Florida Department of Children and Families will determine the structure of the SNAP online program.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is also collaborating with the Department of Children and Families to implement the Pandemic EBT program. It will allow families, whose children are eligible for free and reduced-price school lunch, to receive SNAP benefits.

Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to develop an online shopping program for SNAP recipients in the Sunshine State on Friday.

For more information on SNAP in Florida,click here.