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Indiana Joins Pilot Program for Online Purchases and Grocery Delivery

Apr 27, 2020 by AFP

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Americans for Prosperity-Indiana (AFP-IN) today commended the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration for participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) pilot program for online purchasing and delivery of groceries.

The program makes Amazon and Wal-Mart eligible for food delivery for families who rely on SNAP benefits, expanding safe access to basic necessities for more than 250,000 families in the state.

Americans for Prosperity-Indiana State Director Michael Chartier issued the following statement:

“Increasing SNAP flexibility on food purchases enables our most vulnerable populations to practice social distancing while still getting the groceries they need. Joining this pilot program is a good step for our state, removing barriers that limit access to essential services for our at-risk populations who may be unwilling or unable to shop in-person for necessary food.

“We commend the Family and Social Services Administration for joining this pilot program and taking advantage of business innovation that meets the needs of Americans during this public health crisis. We urge other states to help prevent those who rely on SNAP benefits from being forced to go to a brick and mortar store and potentially jeopardize their health.”

Background:

The 2018 Farm Bill updated the definition of a retail food store to include online retailers and also included an online purchasing pilot program.