Idaho SNAP benefits accepted for online purchases by Walmart, Amazon


JEROME, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced on May 5 that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can now be used to purchase groceries online from Walmart and Amazon.

Currently, online the Walmart locations in Jerome and Caldwell accept SNAP benefits with all other Idaho locations participating beginning May 7.

“As stay-at-home orders are lifted, everyone is still encouraged to continue practicing social distancing, and this should help that effort,” said Kristin Matthews, program manager for Idaho SNAP, in a release. “At-risk and needy populations are still facing tremendous difficulty finding and purchasing food, and Idaho is continuing to explore ways to better serve them.”

Idaho joined New York, Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington in the USDA’s pilot online purchasing program.

Families that order online groceries for delivery will have to pay delivery costs out of pocket.

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