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.
🌷 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: firstname.lastname@example.org”
🌷 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.
🌷 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.
🌷 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.
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