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By: Wayne Morin WorldWideWeirdNews.com
(Scroll down for video) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will be working with online retailers such as Amazon so that they can accept food stamps.
This summer, seven online retailers will be able to accept food stamps in pre-approved states.
If the pilot program works well, then the USDA’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, (SNAP), which oversees the $74 billion food stamp program, will be expanded across the country.
Tom Vilsack who recently resigned from his position as USDA Secretary, said that the goal of the program is to “bring the benefits of the online market to low-income Americans participating in SNAP.”
The pilot program will begin with residence in Iowa, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.
Those who qualify for SNAP, will be able to buy groceries online from Amazon, Safeway, ShopRite, Hy-Vee, Hart’s Local Grocers, and Dash’s Market.
The food stamps will pay only for the food items, and not for shipping or other services.