On Friday, Harps Food Store launched the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) SNAP (Payment (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) for same-day delivery through Instacart. With this program, EBT SNAP participants can now use their benefits for accessing fresh food and a pantry online staples from 67 Harps locations across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
The program launch follows the most recent USDA Food and Nutrition Service approval for Harps and Instacart to launch their SNAP online partnership. With transportation often serving as a barrier to groceries, delivering Harps via Instacart hopes to make it easier for customers to access food, the Springdale, Ark-based retailer said.
“We appreciate the efforts of DHS and Instacart to help us add SNAP benefits to our customers,” said David Ganoung, vice president of marketing and advertising for Harps Food Store, a 100% owned company. its employees which operates 115 stores in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.
To help subsidize the costs of EBT SNAP participants, Instacart will waive delivery or pickup charges until December 31, 2021, until the first three EBT SNAP orders for each customer with a valid EBT card associated with their Instacart account. For more information on EBT SNAP on Instacart, visit www.instacart.com/ebt-snap.
Where applicable, EBT SNAP participants will now be able to shop on Harps through shop.harpsfood.com, the Instacart website and / or the Instacart mobile app. Once an Instacart customer profile is created, customers can enter their EBT food card information as a payment method in their profile. Customers will need a secondary form of payment for non-food items such as taxes, tips, and fees in accordance with federal SNAP guidelines. Customers can then enter their zip code to determine if they are near a participating retailer, and start purchasing and selecting items from retailer’s EBT-eligible products. Once the items have been added to their cart, customers will be able to select how much of their benefits they want to allocate to the order. ohOrders for delivery and pickup can be placed by customers for reception as quickly as an hour or scheduled several days in advance.
As part of the SNAP Online Shopping Pilot Project, launched by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture in April 2019, 47 states and the District of Columbia are now allow SNAP beneficiaries to shop and pay for their groceries online.
A growing number of grocery chains have signed up to offer SNAP EBT online shopping this year, including Ahold Delhaize USA supermarkets and retailers ranging from Schnuck Markets, Tops Markets and Publix Super Markets to Save Mart, Price Chopper and more. again.