What’s On This Page
- Delivery Programs Accepting Food Stamps
- How to Increase Food Stamps
- Food Banks and Food Co-ops
- Stores That Shop For You / Pick Up
- Adding a Shopper
- Shopping Assistance for People with Disabilities
- More Help
Welcome. Below is a guide to grocery delivery for people who are disabled, homebound, quarantining, or unable to get to the store. Food Stamps are also called “SNAP” or “EBT.” In California it’s called “CalFresh”.
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Delivery Programs Accepting Food Stamps
🌷 Amazon in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming – Select areas only. Not the entire state. More areas coming soon. If you receive Medicaid, food stamps, or TANF, you can also sign up for discounted amazon prime.
🌷 Shoprite in MD, NJ, NY, DE, PA, CT – Select locations only. Not the entire state. In other states: You can shop online and pick up in store at all ShopRite locations.
🌷 Fresh Market in WI – Madison, Wisconsin and surrounding area.
🌷 Wright’s Market in AL – Alabama. Specific locations not known. Please comment below if you learn more.
🌷 Fresh Direct in NY – Bronx, NY
🌷 Safeway & Albertsons in AZ – Arizona only. For people with disabilities only. “If you are a person with a disability who uses EBT benefits and needs to use Safeway’s home grocery delivery service because of disability, please call 1-877-505-4040 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org”
🌷 Walmart in Various States – Although the website states that Walmart is pickup only (no home delivery), some readers report that their local walmart stores are able to accept EBT for delivery. Contact your local store.
🧡 Kroger is expanding to accept SNAP for curbside pickup at locations throughout the US. Order groceries online, then drive by your local Kroger (or ask a friend to go for you). Keep checking back as locations are expanding.
🌷 USDA Purchasing Pilot – Coming to More States – Online grocery ordering is coming soon. Not clear if it will be for home delivery or pick up only (may depend on area). Stay tuned.
🌷 Schwann’s in Most States – Schwann’s accept food stamps and offers delivery. However, readers are reporting that many Schwann’s stores have stopped accepting food stamps for deliveries. Stay tuned.
🌷 Imperfect Foods in 32 States – Does not accept food stamps but…. does give a 33% discount to people who are on food stamps. Also, sells groovy imperfect food! Which areas are covered? Where they deliver. Sign up for the reduced price: Apply here to join the program
🌷 Some meals-on-wheels programs will now accept food stamps! These programs provide cooked meals for people who are homebound. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging. Call them even if you are young. Many aging agencies also serve younger people with disabilities.
🌷 See below for list of stores that shop for you and let you pick up at the curb.
🌷 For people with disabilities, see below for services that provide shopping and assistance in the home.
🧡 Can’t get a delivery slot on Amazon or somewhere else? Reader’s tip: Start as early as possible in the day. Put everything in your cart ready to check out. Come back every 30 minutes and try to check out. Eventually a slot will open. The minute it opens, grab it, even if it is not for today.
🧡 Amazon is not letting new customers order groceries in some areas. You may get a message that says “invitation only.” There is no way to actually get an invitation, this is just a fancy way of saying “waiting list.” If you have a friend who is already a customer for Amazon grocery delivery, you could try seeing if the system will allow that person to place orders to your house.
🧡 Reader’s Tip: If you live in a state where Amazon accepts food stamps, but are having trouble using your EBT card on the Amazon site, try switching from “Amazon Fresh” and use “Amazon Pantry” instead.
Running Out of Food?
🌷 Medicaid: If you are in a disability home aide program, some states are expanding to offer home delivered meals. Check with your caseworker, or learn more about changes in your state: Changes to Medicaid Home Care in the Time of Corona
🧡 Many states are raising the amount of food stamps everyone gets for 1-2 months. You do not need to do anything special to apply for this. If you are already on food stamps, it will happen automatically.
🌷 If you’d like learn more about the rules and policies that affect how much food stamps a person will get: How to Get Enough Food Stamps to Actually Eat
🌷 Places that deliver but do not accept food stamps: How to Shop Without Leaving the House
🧡 Many states are expanding their SNAP food stamps programs to offer more food stamps to more people or to remove work requirements. If you were not eligible for food stamps before, you might look into applying now.
🧡 Some states are changing their food stamps regulations to bring everyone up to maximum benefits. So a person who gets $1 in food stamps will now get $200.
🧡 Are food stamps increasing in your state? State by state foodstamps tracker.
🧡 If you are live with other people and you are on food stamps (or applying) it’s a good idea to make sure you know the rules for household composition and that you are following them. It can make a very big difference in the amount of benefits you receive. How to SNAP: Household Rules
Stores That Shop For You
Some stores will allow you to place your order online. They will do the shopping for you and have your groceries ready at the register (or sometimes they will bring them to the car). You can also shop online and then send a friend to do the pickup for you.
Tips from Reader:
🌷 Reader’s report they have done this successfully at many different stores, including: Giant Eagle, Shoprite, Harris Teeter, and Walmart
🌷 When you order online, if there is no option to pay with food stamps, select “pay at store” or “pay in cash” or “pay at pick up.”
🌷 You may need to enter a credit card, and they can place a hold on the card without actually charging it.
🌷 When you get to the store, pay with EBT. Some places can even bring the EBT reader out to the car if you are unable to go in.
🌷 You may want to contact your local store first to make sure this will go smoothly.
🌷 Some readers have also had success by calling or writing small, local stores and explaining their situation.
Adding a Shopper
🌷 If you have a friend, family member, or disability aide who shops for you, you can request to have this person added as an authorized shopper on your food stamps card so they can shop on your behalf.
🌷 If your helper does not use your card regularly, but is doing this on a short term or occasional basis, some states do not require that you get permission, and they will just allow someone to shop for you when needed.
Food Banks and Food Co-ops
🧡 Reader’s report that some food banks are adding delivery services. Food banks offer free groceries to people in need. Find a Food Bank in Your Area
🧡 Many food co-ops are creating special hours where elderly and immune-compromised members can shop without crowds and stress. Food Co-ops offer healthy foods and wonderful communities. Many accept food stamps: Find a Food Co-op in Your Area.
Shopping Assistance for People with Disabilities
🌷 If you are currently in a Medicaid program that sends an aide through an agency, and the agency does not allow shopping or driving, one solution is to switch to a self-directed care program so you can select an aide who is allowed to shop.
🌷 In many areas, paratransit programs will provide door-to-door transportation to take you to the store. Some will carry your groceries to your house for you.
🌷 More transportation ideas: Transportation for Spoonies
🌷 SNAP programs are expanding in many areas. If you know of more programs in your area, please comment below. Come follow our Facebook page for updates: Facebook Page: Love & Discounts in the Time of Coronavirus
🌷 Contact your local Area Agency on Aging. Call them even if you are young. Ask them if they know of any assistance for: transportation to grocery stores, home aides who can shop for you, local volunteer programs that help people who are low-income or disabled, any other ideas for groceries.
This blog was created by people with ME/CFS (Sometimes called “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”).
Being homebound is nothing new to us. Many of us have been homebound or bedridden for five, or ten, or twenty years.
There is now a great deal of support, understanding, and help available to people staying home during Coronavirus, but none of this was available to us all these years, and when Coronavirus is over, it may go away again.
As you go about your day, please take a moment to think about your homebound friends. You may be able to go back out someday, but we may never be able to.