Stop & Shop on Thursday became the latest Ahold Delhaize USA supermarket chain to allow customers using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits the option to pay with an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card when placing online orders for pickup and delivery.
Earlier this year, Ahold chains The Giant Company, Giant Food, Hannaford and Food Lion also began accepting EBT payments online for SNAP recipients.
For Stop & Shop, the new service applies for all families and individuals paying with SNAP funds across the grocer’s five-state footprint including more than 400 stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, as well as for customers receiving delivery in New Hampshire.
The new user-friendly experience offers online grocery shoppers the option to add their EBT card to their account on StopandShop.com and to shop using their SNAP funds. While browsing online aisles, SNAP customers can sort products to show eligible items, and a "SNAP Eligible" label will appear within the product details. At checkout, customers can select the "Apply SNAP benefits" option and select the amount to charge to their EBT card, allowing personalized budgeting throughout the month.
"Offering EBT payment online is an integral part of Stop & Shop’s commitment to serving our communities,” said Gordon Reid, president of Quincy, Mass.-based Stop & Shop. “We’re proud to make access to healthy food more accessible and convenient, especially for those impacted by the pandemic.”
SNAP customers can use their benefits to purchase eligible food and grocery items for online orders; however, they will need to use an alternative credit/debit card or checking account for any items not eligible for SNAP, as well as for fees, taxes, or driver tips.
Stop & Shop Pickup orders are subject to a $2.95 fee. Stop & Shop Delivery orders are subject to a delivery fee of $9.95 for orders less than $100 and $6.95 for orders greater than $100. As they always have, customers with SNAP benefits are also able to use their EBT card for eligible food and grocery purchases at any of Stop & Shop’s 400+ stores.
Additionally, customers that prefer to use the Instacart marketplace may now also use their SNAP benefits to purchase grocery items from Stop & Shop at instacart.com/StopandShop.
Under the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot, launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in April 2019, 47 states and the District of Columbia now allow SNAP beneficiaries to shop and pay for groceries online.
A growing number of grocery chains have signed on to offer SNAP online purchases this year. In addition to the Ahold Delhaize USA supermarkets, retailers ranging from Schnuck Markets, Tops Markets and Publix Super Markets to Save Mart, Price Chopper and more have kicked off the program at their stores in 2021.