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USDA approves Florida's request to create online shopping program for SNAP recipients

State working on an online shopping option for SNAP recipients in Florida
Posted at 11:50 AM, Apr 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 12:12:12-04

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has approved Florida's request to allow families who participate in Florida's Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) to buy groceries online.

The approval, announced Saturday, will allow Florida to expedite their efforts to create a pilot program that allows Florida families to buy groceries online with their EBT card. According to the USDA, the target start date of the program is later this month.

Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to develop an online shopping program for SNAP recipients in the Sunshine State.

"After executing Executive Order 20-91 to limit outside activities to essential services, this commonsense policy approach is a no brainer,” Gov. DeSantis said in a press release on Friday. “Allowing Florida families to purchase groceries online instead of venturing into a public store is a sound practice during this public health emergency and yet another step that will help Florida flatten the curve.”

State officials have not said when people in our area will be able to take advantage of this pilot project.

Florida’s SNAP participation is nearly 3 million individuals, about 1.5 million households, and totals nearly $4 billion annually in federal funding. For more information on SNAP in Florida, click here.