IDHS: 1.8 Million Illinois SNAP Recipients Will Be Able To Buy Food Online

IDHS: 1.8 Million Illinois SNAP Recipients Will Be Able To Buy Food Online

The Illinois Department of Human Services on Wednesday (May 20, 2020) announced the state’s plan to enable 1.8 million SNAP recipients to purchase food from participating grocery retailers online has been approved by the federal government.

This new purchasing option will begin on June 2. All Link customers will be alerted when they can use their card to make food orders online.

State officials said the new purchasing option will be a permanent new feature of the SNAP program.

The state of Illinois news release said U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth partnered with state officials to push the USDA “to address technological barriers by approving Illinois’ request to let SNAP recipients buy their groceries online.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved IDHS’ SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer Online implementation plan, which gives SNAP customers the ability to enter their Personal Identification Number to order groceries online. All SNAP recipients with Link cards in Illinois will be able to participate.

Walmart and Amazon have agreed to accept online orders in Illinois once the program site launches. Additional grocery retailers are welcome to join EBT Online. Any retailers interested in the program can find more information and apply at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/online-purchasing-pilot.

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SOURCE: state of Illinois news release