Albertsons Companies announced the rollout of a new online service for Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) recipients at Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Vons, and Pavilions stores nationwide allowing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) customers to use their benefits when purchasing groceries online.
Through Albertsons Cos.’ websites and apps or the Albertsons Cos.’ virtual stores on the Instacart app, families and individuals who rely on EBT SNAP benefits will be able to have greater access to nutritious foods, the company said in a news release.
“Research shows that a large percentage of EBT recipients face mobility challenges due to a disability, lack of transportation, or caring for young children, which can prevent them from physically shopping in a store. As a trusted community grocer committed to helping solve food insecurity, we want to make healthy foods available to those at risk by offering multiple private, secure and convenient shopping options,” said Susan Morris, Chief Operating Officer for Albertsons Cos. “This program allows shoppers to use their EBT cards to make online purchases for home delivery or free store pickup, which is a critical part of our ongoing efforts to create a flexible and convenient shopping experience for all customers.”
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For added value, customers shopping at Albertsons Cos.’ banner stores will have the flexibility to use multiple payment forms on their order, which allows EBT SNAP customers to use credit or debit cards for non-SNAP eligible items. EBT SNAP customers can also now access their online accounts to view and track their balance.
“At Instacart, providing access to healthy and nutritious food is core to our mission, and we deeply believe that online grocery shouldn’t be a luxury. We’re proud to expand our partnership with Albertsons Cos. to provide families who depend on EBT SNAP benefits a convenient way to get their fresh foods and pantry staples delivered,” said Sarah Mastrorocco Vice President of Access to Food & Nutrition at Instacart. “We’re dedicated to continuing to break down barriers to access so more customers across the country can use same-day grocery delivery as an affordable and reliable way to feed their families.”
Through the summer, Albertsons Cos. will continue to roll out EBT SNAP services to more of its online store banners. The company operated 2,276 retail stores with 1,722 pharmacies, 402 associated fuel centers, 22 dedicated distribution centers, and 20 manufacturing facilities across 34 states and the District of Columbia.