Walmart Grocery Pickup accepts SNAP EBT payments

Thursday 16 April 2020 13:57 CET | News

Walmart has accepted EBT payments from people who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) via the US-based retailer's grocery pickup.

The Walmart program enables consumers to select groceries for pickup via the Walmart ecommerce site or the Walmart grocery mobile app. Consumers select the EBT option during pickup but are still required to present their EBT cards during grocery pickup to a Walmart associate for swiping. If any items in the order do not quality for SNAP, the consumer is required to present an alternative form of payment to cover the difference.

Most Walmart grocery pickup locations accept SNAP except for automated collection points or pickup locations that are not at Walmart stores, according to the company. When it comes to Walmart grocery deliveries, only consumers in New York State can use SNAP for those purchases. In New York State, in fact, Walmart, along with Amazon and ShopRite, are among the retailers that allow consumers to make online grocery purchases via SNAP and have those items delivered.

Moreover, the increasing attention to so-called “food deserts” – areas where consumers tend to lack affordable options for fresh and health food – is also a force in the broader push to make SNAP more efficient and flexible for grocery consumers. Concerns about program and payments security, however, have acted at times as a brake on such progress when it comes to SNAP and online and mobile grocery purchases.

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