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State working on an online shopping option for SNAP recipients in Florida

State working on an online shopping option for SNAP recipients in Florida
Posted at 6:41 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 18:41:45-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Families who use Florida's Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) to purchase foods may soon be able to order their groceries online.

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.

According to the states announcement on Friday, DCF requested a federal waiver to allow the state to launch a pilot program that allows Florida families to buy groceries online with their EBT card.

“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. “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.”

Nationwide, SNAP recipients aren't allowed to purchase their groceries with their EBT cards. State officials did not say when families in the Tampa Bay area will be able to take advantage of this pilot project.

For more information on SNAP in Florida, click here .