NewsHealth / May 27, 2020

Indiana Begins Testing SNAP Grocery Delivery Program Next Week

Article origination IPBS-RJC
Church volunteers distribute free food out from a U-Haul truck in a parking lot.  - Justin Hicks/IPB News

Church volunteers distribute free food out from a U-Haul truck in a parking lot.

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Indiana will begin testing a new program next week that will allow some Hoosiers to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits for grocery delivery.

The state announced the program last month and hoped to launch it in mid-May. It will be a permanent addition to SNAP benefits, often called food stamps, extending beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Jennifer Sullivan says the state has partnered with two retailers for the start of the program.

“We have letters of intent from Amazon and from Walmart,” Sullivan says.

Sullivan says the state is working to add more retailers as the program grows.

She also notes many stores statewide now allow people to use SNAP benefits for curbside pickup of their groceries.

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