Those who receive SNAP benefits who are trying to avoid entering grocery stores now have the option in many locales to take advantage of curbside pickup.
On Thursday, Kroger and its family of grocery stores (which include Dillons, Harris Teeter, King Soopers and Ralphs) announced that SNAP benefits can now be used at 2,800 locations nationwide for pickup orders. The pickup orders are low-contact, allowing customers to pick out groceries online.
“Kroger is rolling out a payment capability across our nearly 2,800 grocery stores to allow more customers to access fresh, affordable food and essentials through our Pickup service,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “We are committed to supporting all families as we work together with our associates and communities and government agencies and health organizations to flatten the curve during this unprecedented pandemic.”
Kroger joined Walmart, which has already accepted SNAP benefits at its locations. Walmart said that SNAP payments are accepted at 3,300 locations nationally.
Walmart said its customers can complete EBT payments during online checkout instead of at the point of pickup to eliminate all physical contact between associates and customers who want to use their SNAP benefits. Customers can also use EBT payment during online checkout when they choose the delivery option, where deliveries are available, Walmart said.