Today’s Updates (Updated March 26)
🧡 Expensify is giving $50 for groceries to people on SNAP. Warning: It’s a nine-step process to apply. You have to really want the $50. Scroll down on this page.
🧡 Reader’s update: Reports from multiple readers that Expensify reimbursement does work. Also, reports from multiple readers that it’s confusing to figure out. Again, you have to really want the $50.
🧡 Schwan’s have moved to a “no touch” system and is not allowing people to swipe their EBT cards for home deliveries in some areas. Other places it seems to still be allowed. Please comment below if you learn more in your area.
🧡 For anyone who is homebound or sheltering in place: Food. Rent. Internet. Unemployment. Paid Leave. Student Loans. Grocery Delivery. Love. Bills. Online Doctors. What to Do During School Closings. Read All of Today’s Updates
Welcome. Below is a guide to grocery delivery for people who are disabled or homebound or unable to get to the store. Food Stamps are also called “SNAP” or “EBT.” In California it’s called “CalFresh”.
Please comment below to share updates or to let us know if any of the links on this page stop working.
Delivery Programs Accepting Food Stamps
🌷Amazon in NY, WA, OR, IA – Amazon now accepts EBT in New York, Washington and some areas of Oregon and Iowa. More areas coming soon. Check back. Please comment below if you learn of new locations.
🌷 Shoprite in MD, NJ, NY, DE, PA, CT – You can shop online and pick up in store at all ShopRite locations. Delivery of groceries is only available in the following states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut. (Select locations only. Not the entire state.)
🌷 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”
🌷 Schwann’s in Most States – Schwan’s is a bit confusing. They appear to offer delivery in nearly all states, and they accept food stamps for delivery most of those places. But they don’t make it clear exactly where. Learn more about: Where in the World Does Schwan’s Deliver?
🌷 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
🌷 USDA Purchasing Pilot – Coming to MD, NE, NJ – Please continue to check the link above. The program is expected to come to Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey in upcoming months.
🌷 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.
Running Out of Food?
🌷 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
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.
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).
Tips from Reader:
🌷 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.
🌷 Reader’s report they have done this successfully at many different stores, including: Giant Eagle, Shoprite, Harris Teeter, and Walmart
🌷 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.
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.