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USDA Lets Low-Income Americans Order Food Online With EBT Cards

The USDA is launching a pilot program in New York State which allows low-income Americans in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to buy and pay for their groceries online

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The two-year test pilot will launch with Amazon and Walmart, followed shortly by ShopRite early next week. 

ShopRite and Amazon are providing service to the New York City area and Walmart is providing online service in upstate New York locations. Additional retailers are slated to participate in the pilot in coming months. The pilot will eventually expand to other areas of New York as well as Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington. –usda.gov

While taxpayers won’t be on the hook for service or delivery charges, those costs could otherwise go towards more groceries, less the cost of transportation to the store and back. 

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“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. 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,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

“We look forward to monitoring how these pilots increase food access and customer service to those we serve, specifically those who may experience challenges in visiting brick and mortar stores.” 

The 2014 Farm Bill authorized USDA to conduct and evaluate a pilot for online purchasing prior to national implementation. The pilot phase is intended to ensure online transactions are processed safely and securely. USDA anticipates all eligible and interested retailers who can meet the requirements to process online SNAP transactions will eventually be able to take part, though the timeline is dependent on the progress of the pilot and any regulations which may need to be issued. –usda.gov

There are currently over 40 million Americans receiving benefits under SNAP, or roughly 12.4% of Americans. 

We wonder if there will be any safeguards in place to prevent people from ordering $141 in lobster, steak and Mountain Dew. 

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Chapter Jackson – It’s Free Swipe Yo EBT (Explicit)

Source: ZeroHedge

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Oregon Has More Food Stamp Recipients Than Public School Students

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The state of Oregon has more food stamp recipients than students enrolled in the state’s public schools, according to a Breitbart News analysis of state and federal data.

Oregon currently has 725,307 people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program in charge of doling out food stamps, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics on food stamp enrollment.

According to the Oregon Department of Education, enrollment in the state’s K-12 public schools for the 2016-2017 school year totaled 578,947.

In other words, 146,360 more people are receiving government assistance than getting an education in K-12 public schools in the state.

Despite the fact that food stamp enrollment in the U.S. is at historic lows and nearly 1.5 million people dropped off of the food stamp rolls since President Trump took office, Oregon is one of the few states where enrollment in SNAP increased over the past year.

According to the USDA data, Oregon is one of four states where food stamp enrollment has increased from 2016-2017. The other three states are Alaska, Kentucky, and Montana.

Oregon was second only to Alaska in terms of having the most significant increase in SNAP users over the past year, with a 1.8 percent increase in SNAP enrollment. Alaska had a 14 percent increase over the same amount of time.

Oregon has a history of being the number one state for food stamp usage in recent years. In 2013, a Census Bureau report noted that 20 percent of Oregon residents used food stamps. There are several possible reasons for the increase in SNAP users in Oregon over the years.

One reason is increased efforts by state officials to boost SNAP enrollment over the past 17 years. In the late 1990s, state lawmakers rammed through legislation that sought to make more people eligible for benefits and simplify the application process. The participation rate soared from 66 percent in 1997 to nearly 100 percent in 2015.

Another plausible theory for the increase is that the state never recovered from the Great Recession, with sectors such as manufacturing and timber being the hardest hit.

By Katherine Rodriguez | Breitbart