Leading grocery delivery service Instacart announced Thursday (April 29) the expansion of its integration with electronic benefits transfer (EBT) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to include several more major supermarkets. The service will begin accepting these food stamp payments, already accepted through Instacart at thousands of Aldi and Food Lion locations, at Publix, The Save Mart Companies and Price Chopper/Market 32 locations, with food stamps to be accepted by Instacart in 38 states totaling 4,000 stores.
“Providing people access to the food they love is at the core of Instacart’s mission,” Nilam Ganenthiran, Instacart president, said in a statement. “We recognize the opportunity we have to help make fresh food and pantry staples more accessible to communities by breaking down barriers to same-day grocery delivery and pickup. We’re committed to continuing to expand EBT SNAP payments for Americans nationwide.”
Access to food stamp integrated online grocery options remains far more limited than brick-and-mortar grocery. While this has been an issue for years, the problem became especially pronounced in 2020, when the lack of online options forced SNAP recipients into brick-and-mortar aisles despite contagion concerns, while those who did not participate in the program were able to order their groceries online from the safety of their homes.