The USDA announced Wednesday its Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has linked up with five states to pilot mobile payment technology that allows contactless payments for SNAP consumers.
The states involved are Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri and Oklahoma. No retailers were announced for the pilots. FNS will work with state agencies as well as EBT processors, mobile wallet providers, retailers and other stakeholders on the mobile pilot, per the announcement.
The USDA said that within a few years, those states will have the mobile payment option available for SNAP consumers to use as an alternative to their physical SNAP cards.Payments Dive