Maryland receives USDA approval to expedite expansion of SNAP program

Posted at 2:55 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 14:55:22-04

MARYLAND — Maryland has received USDA approval to expedite expansion of the SNAP program to online purchases, curbside pickup, and delivery, starting next week.

The accelerated timeline will provide SNAP households in Maryland with the opportunity to purchase groceries online from approved USDA retailers at no additional cost.

The process will function similar to the way a credit or bank card transaction occurs — SNAP recipients will be prompted to enter their EBT card details at checkout, along with the Personal Identification Number (PIN) associated with their card.

To ensure the launch runs smoothly, the Department of Human Services provided test EBT cards to Walmart, Amazon, and ShopRite for end-to-end testing prior to rolling out the online SNAP pilot in Maryland.

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