Both Walmart locations here in Owensboro are now accepting EBT cards as a payment method when ordering your groceries online for pick up with “Walmart Grocery”.
Walmart is kicking off a two-year pilot established by the government to allow low-income shoppers on government food assistance to shop and pay for their groceries online.
“People who receive SNAP benefits should have the opportunity to shop for food the same way more and more Americans shop for food — by ordering and paying for groceries online,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue in statement. “As technology advances, it is important for SNAP to advance too, so we can ensure the same shopping options are available for both non-SNAP and SNAP recipients.”
Perdue said he looks forward to monitoring how the pilot program increases food access and customer service to those it serves, specifically those who have trouble visiting physical stores.
More than 40 million individuals receive food stamps in the U.S., according to the USDA.
The 2014 Farm Bill authorized the USDA to conduct and evaluate a pilot for online purchasing prior to national implementation. The USDA says the move was intended to ensure online transactions are processed safely and securely.
If you are a EBT Customer and wish to try it out, visit https://grocery.walmart.com/ and make sure to select your Frederica Street or Highway 54 location walmart and start picking out your groceries. Also be sure to use code, “WOWFRESH” during checkout for $10 off $50 (1st order only with at least a $50 minimum spent, Code Expires (1/31/2020).