Coronavirus: SNAP expands to online service with curbside pickup in Ohio

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest federal nutrition assistance program in the country and on Wednesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine introduced an online option for those who receive SNAP benefits.

The recipients can now shop online and pick up their items in a car in what’s being called a “click and collect option.”

Governor DeWine said this is made possible through the government’s partnership with the Department of Agriculture and grocery stores across Ohio in order to ensure the vulnerable Ohioans have access to food.

“SNAP recipients will be able to swipe their EBT cards from their cars now without entering the store at all,” DeWine said.

He added this is being done to protect as many people as possible from getting infected and to limit community spread.

According to a press release from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, if grocery stores have a wireless mobile point-of-sale device, they can swipe EBT cards curbside. If not, SNAP recipients can still order in advance, then go into the store to pay and pick up their groceries. Grocers cannot accept EBT card number over the phone.

You may qualify for SNAP if your household’s gross monthly income is at or under 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. To apply, visit benefits.ohio.gov

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