USDA OK’s Florida SNAP Purchases Online From Amazon, Walmart Only

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced during a press conference on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, that he will sign an Executive Order requiring residents and visitors to stay at home except for essential activities.

The USDA approved the State of Florida’s request to allow SNAP purchases online (also known as food stamps) on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced in a press release.

But SNAP recipients won’t be able to make online purchases from popular Florida grocery chains such as Publix, Winn-Dixie, Albertsons, or Aldi.

That’s because the only two companies approved by the USDA to process online food stamp purchases are Walmart and Amazon.

“This approval will allow the States to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start date later this month,” the USDA stated.

Amazon and Walmart are the only companies that were previously approved by the USDA to process online food stamp purchases for all states in a SNAP online purchasing pilot program.

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

“After executing Executive Order 20-91 to limit outside activities to essential services, this commonsense policy approach is a no brainer,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

“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.”

Earlier in April, DeSantis raised food stamp benefits to the maximum amount allowed per household in response to the effect the coronavirus pandemic has had on the Florida economy.

In 2017, Amazon announced that customers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or also referred to as food stamps) or Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) can subscribe to Amazon Prime at a discounted monthly price.