New Jersey was among seven states selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to participate in a pilot program to buy Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program vouchers online.
Under the two-year pilot, residents of the Garden State who use food stamps will be able to purchase eligible grocery items online from Amazon and ShopRite beginning this summer.
SNAP online ordering will follow the same rules as in-store purchasing. Participants will be able to use their food stamps to buy bread, fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, dairy products and other produce.
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The USDA plans to add additional retailers once the pilot program has been established.
Approximately 837,000 New Jersey residents received SNAP benefits as of October, according to the state Division of Family Development.