Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries in New York state are now able to use their nutrition assistance benefits to order groceries online from Amazon and other retailers and have them delivered directly to their door thanks to a new pilot program launched with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) .
This is the first time that millions of SNAP recipients in New York state can redeem their grocery benefits online. Amazon enthusiastically volunteered to work with the USDA and participate in this landmark pilot, because we believe in the goals of this program and its potential to significantly extend the value of those public benefits.
Amazon is committed to increasing access for customers by offering low prices on a wide selection of items. With online acceptance of SNAP, Amazon is also offering New York SNAP customers the ability to shop the grocery and household selection on AmazonFresh and Prime Pantry without requiring a membership fee. This new initiative helps us increase access for millions of low-income New Yorkers by adding a new SNAP redemption option, with broad selection, low prices, and the convenience of home delivery. As we expand participating areas throughout the life of the pilot, Amazon believes the program will dramatically increase access to food for more remote customers and help to mitigate the public health crisis of food deserts.
While customers only in select areas of New York can currently use their SNAP benefits to purchase food on Amazon, we are working with the USDA to expand service area coverage within New York state in the near future. Additionally, the ultimate goal of this pilot is to pave the way for a national rollout once the USDA identifies the best path to large-scale implementation.
Working with the USDA on this new offering allows us to continue expanding access for customers, which is consistent with our core values. For more information, please visit www.amazon.com/snap.