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USDA approves Nevada to participate in pilot program

Allowing sNAP users to purchase food through online retailers
Posted at 4:40 PM, Jun 17, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The nearly 460,000 Nevadans who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can now purchase nutritious food online through select retailers. The USDA approved Nevada’s request to participate, making it the 19th state to implement the pilot online food-purchasing program.

Three Square Food Bank encourages Southern Nevadans who need assistance to call the Three Square Center at 702-765-4030 Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., where they will speak with a representative to help determine their eligibility for SNAP and apply for benefits.

Through this innovative pilot program, people receiving SNAP can securely purchase food online from authorized SNAP retailers Wal-Mart and Amazon – with the exception of Whole Foods Market. SNAP benefits do not cover delivery costs.

“This program is life-changing for SNAP participants – they now have greater access to fresh, high-quality food through pick-up and delivery services and are able to shop for food online in the same way that so many Americans already do in the wake of COVID-19,” said Jodi Tyson, vice president of strategic initiatives at Three Square Food Bank.

SNAP online purchasing is also currently operational in Alabama, Iowa, Nebraska, New York, Oregon and Washington State.

Additional states are expected to join the pilot program in the near future. More information about the program is available at fns.usda.gov/snap.

For more information about SNAP and applying for benefits call the Three Square Center at 702-765-4030.