Instacart is using its technology to help those in need across the United States.
According to a press release, the company has expanded the EBT Snap functionality within the application to 10 additional states including Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The latest update allows grocers of all sizes to utilize Instacart’s Carrot Payments, which allows the use of EBT SNAP benefits online.
Thanks to the platform, nearly 30 million people that are experiencing food insecurity across the nation will have more access to using their benefits electronically to have their groceries delivered straight to their doorsteps.
“At Instacart, our goal is to continue unlocking access to nutritious food for those who need it most. We’ve long advocated to expand online EBT SNAP acceptance, and we’re proud to bring this critical service to people in 10 additional states in partnership with grocers that people know, love and trust,” said Sarah Mastrorocco, Vice President of Access to Food & Nutrition. “Our partners offer a broad selection of fresh food and pantry staples, and with this expansion, we’re giving more families access to nourishment, paired with the convenience of same-day delivery and pickup. We look forward to continuing to expand this program and enabling more retailers to accept EBT SNAP payments online through the Instacart Platform.”
In addition to the new states that are covered by Instacart, the company has expanded its EBT SNAP acceptance online with the following grocers: Meijer, Price Chopper/Market 32, and Tops Friendly Markets.
Thanks to the expansion, more than 8,000 grocery stores are now accessible to EBT SNAP benefit holders through the click of a button.
“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 visiting a store. As a trusted community grocer committed to solving 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 Companies.