How to Get Groceries Delivered with SNAP Food Stamps

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Art: Robin Mead. Page Updated: June, 2019. 

A guide for people who are disabled, homebound, or unable to get to the store. Food Stamps are also called “SNAP” or “EBT.”

If you’d like learn more about the rules and policies that affect how much food stamps you get, check out: How to Get Enough Food Stamps to Actually Eat

Programs that provide free transportation, home aides, medical assistance, affordable housing, and other free services for people who are low income and disabled: How to Be Poor in America

Home Delivery Accepting Food Stamps

🌷 USDA Online Purchasing Pilot – This pilot program launched in April, 2019 with online groceries in locations throughout New York State. Please continue to check the link above. The program is expected to expand to Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington in upcoming months.

🌷 Shoprite – Select locations in MD, NJ, and NY. (Select locations only. Not the entire state.)

🌷 Fresh Madison Market – Madison, Wisconsin and surrounding area.

🌷 Fresh Direct –  Bronx, New York.

🌷 Schwann’s – The website does not indicate which locations have this service. Instructions: “Place your order online and choose “deliver to my door.” When your Route Sales Representative delivers your order, you need to present your EBT card to him or her. EBT is only available for home delivery orders. You cannot place a mail order and pay via EBT.”

🌷 Safeway & Albertsons – 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: deliverysupport@safeway.com

🌷 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.

Shopping Assistance

🌷 If you have a friend, family member, or disability aide who shops for you, you can arrange to have this person added as an authorized shopper on your food stamps card so they can shop on your behalf.

🌷 In some cases, you can apply for a state home aide program which may be able to provide free assistance with shopping plus, many, many other services. This program is designed to help people with disabilities stay out of nursing homes.

🌷 If you do not have severe care needs, and just need help with shopping and household chores, some areas offer this. Not available everywhere. Find out more about: How to Get a Caregiver. In California, you can apply for IHSS.

🌷 If you are currently in a state home aide program that sends an aide through an agency, they may not allow the aide to handle your money or food stamps card. If this happens, ask if you can switch to a program with self-directed care, so that you can select the person you want to be your aide (friend, neighbor, family, etc).

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).

🌷 Giant Eagle is in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Maryland. Reader report from Ohio: “Giant Eagle allows me to place the order on-line and select “pay at pickup.” Then I go inside to pay at the register using my SNAP card.”

🌷 Shoprite is in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Shoprite will allow you to order online and pay online with Food Stamps, the pick up the groceries at the store.

🌷 Walmart will allow you to place your order online. Helpful tips from a reader: “While ordering online, choose “pay in person with cash”. When you (or the person picking up your groceries) are at the store, you go to the checkout line, and pay with your SNAP card instead of cash.”

🌷 If you make a personal request, some grocery stores, supermarkets, or health food stores may be willing to shop for you and deliver, or may be willing to shop and leave the food at the front (so a friend with your food stamps card just needs to pick up the bag). Try calling or writing every store in your area with a personal letter explaining if you are homebound. 

Transportation

🌷 If your problem is transportation, look into paratransit programs. In many areas these will provide door-to-door transportation to take you to the store.

🌷 More transportation ideas: Transportation for Spoonies

Coming Soon

🌷 Some of the stores listed above are planning to expand their food stamps programs. Please call and check. This article also has more information on updates.

More Help

🌷 Places that deliver but do not accept food stamps: How to Shop Without Standing Up

🌷 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.

🌷 You might also be interested in Pill pack pharmacy delivery and Zenni glasses delivery. (super cheap!)

Learn More

🌷 How to Be Homebound

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23 thoughts on “How to Get Groceries Delivered with SNAP Food Stamps”

  1. I am disabled, live in Fort Worth, Texas and can’t find food delivery using EBT either. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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      1. I’m in Baltimore Maryland, less than 5 miles from closest ShopRite, and they do not offer delivery for EBT customers. Found out after I did my entire shopping “trip” :-{

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  2. Giant Eagle, at least mine, in Ohio, allows me to place the order on-line with the pay at pickup option then I go inside to pay at the register. I’ve been doing this for about 2 years

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  3. What might any of you know about this alleged new service called All_EBT? It purports to open a “digital wallet” which enables one to use a scan of their EBT or food stamps to purchase approved items from online retaillers like Wallmart, Safeway, etc., who currently don’t accept them.
    I cannot find much information online that is not related to the company’s own promotional material, and I honestly cannot tell if it has actually started yet! This would be a godsend if legit, but I hesitate to give them any personal information without knowing more.

    https://thespoon.tech/all_ebt-enables-online-grocery-purchases-for-those-on-food-stamps/

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  4. ShopRite in Delaware recently changed their Shop From Home online grocery order service to use a separate company called “Shipt” to handle deliveries, and are no longer able to accept EBT cards for online ordering and delivery. I don’t know if this change was also implemented in other states that ShopRite operates in. The person I spoke to at one of the stores seemed to think that ShopRite may not continue using Shipt permanently, but I wouldn’t count them as an authoritative source.

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  5. Hi, thanks so much for this. I have been asking Kroger about using food stamps for delivery or pickup options, but there’s a Safeway almost as nearby. I will watch for that. I do have a Medicaid care worker but it’s much simpler for me to read the labels myself, as I have food intolerances and allergies.

    Thanks so much for your very helpful site.

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  6. Safeway delivery for low income disabled people is only available in Arizona at this time according to the person I talked to when calling the number you provided

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  7. Thank you. This website has been an invaluable resource to me. Especially the information about SSDI, state benefits, medical related benefits, etc. One of the best resources I have found, bar none.

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    1. Thank you so much Aubrey. I have read that amazon is starting accepting SNAP for purchases in some locations – but I can’t find any information on whether this has already started and which cities or states are doing it.

      Are you currently able to use your SNAP card to buy food on Amazon? May I ask what state you are in?

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      1. Hi, sorry about the miscommunication. I finally got around to singing up for Prime, and I was quoting from something else someone had shared around that time, so maybe they misunderstood or I did. It’s been long enough that I don’t have it in my browser history anymore. I can confirm that I cannot add my ebt card as a method of payment, and I feel like it’s a shame for them to do that and then not let that be an option. That’s great news you shared below about Arizona, I hope they roll it out elsewhere too!

        I *have* heard that you can use your ebt benefits to buy safeway deliveries, so I may have to look into that.

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    2. Thank you, Aubrey for sharing this. And thanks to sleepy girl for a great post. Does anyone have any more info on this? What I’d most like to know is does it allow me to use the EBT card to pay for any food bought on Amazon via subscribe and save or Prime? This would make such a difference to me. Are there a lot of limitations?

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        1. Yeah, I’m seeing that now. Darn it! I got my hopes up. I also emailed Amazon and received this reply: “Kindly note the EBT card is only for discounted prime and it is not intended for the food purchases.” I hope using it online becomes more of an option soon.

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          1. Hi Natalie, sorry about that. I was going off of word of mouth and just feeling optimistic I guess. I replied to sleepygrrl above too and you can read that if you like but I also don’t mind repeating it here: I signed up for Prime a few days ago and as of right now, I cannot add my ebt as a payment method, which is unfortunate. The wording on the site at the time made it sound like I wouldn’t be able to use ebt to pay for the *subscription fee* but I didn’t realize that extended to not being able to use my food stamps. What a let down!

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      1. Hi Natalie, sorry about that. I was going off of word of mouth and just feeling optimistic I guess. I replied to sleepygrrl above too and you can read that if you like but I also don’t mind repeating it here: I signed up for Prime a few days ago and as of right now, I cannot add my ebt as a payment method, which is unfortunate. The wording on the site at the time made it sound like I wouldn’t be able to use ebt to pay for the *subscription fee* but I didn’t realize that extended to not being able to use my food stamps. What a let down!

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        1. sorry, I meant to reply to Natalie’s comment! Didn’t mean to leave a mess for you to clean up to keep the comments tidy, oy

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