Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is expanding its online grocery pickup payment methods to EBT benefit users.
The Bentonville, Ark.-based company is piloting the payment option with four stores around Boise and one in the Houston area, according to a blog post on Walmart.com.
“We think this is a service that should be available to everyone,” the post said. “That’s why we’re introducing an option that allows customers using EBT benefits to use Online Grocery Pickup and pay when they pick up their groceries.”
Wal-Mart said the program expands “access and convenience” for EBT users. According to Morningstar ratings, nearly $1 out of every $5 spent by SNAP recipients is spent at Wal-Mart.
Amazon also is working to increase access for EBT users. The Seattle-based company started offering discounts for its Amazon Prime program to EBT recipients this summer, allowing them to pay $5.99 per month instead of the standard $10.99 a month.