BENTONVILLE, Ark.–Walmart has expanded its online grocery orders for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) users to all of its 2,500 pickup locations, Tech Crunch reports. The retailer has been testing letting SNAP recipients order and buy groceries online.
For SNAP customers, the process of online ordering and pickup works the same as for customers paying with a debit or credit card. Walmart has been actively going after lower-income customers. For example, the retailer said by the end of 2019, more than 3,100 locations will accept SNAP payments.
This spring, Walmart joined a U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program to accept SNAP payments directly via the retailer’s website for grocery delivery and pickup. Other retailers testing the direct payments include Amazon, Dash’s Market, FreshDirect, Hy-Vee, Safeway and Wright’s Markets.
The food stamp market is worth $63 billion nationally—and in 2017, nearly 82% of all food stamp dollars were spent at supermarkets and superstores, according to USDA data. Convenience stores currently represent 45% of all retail outlets authorized to accept SNAP benefits—and they are traditionally the only establishments easily accessible by walk-in or public transport in low-income areas.