03202019CM0091CHICAGO– State Senator Emil Jones, III (D-Chicago) announced SNAP recipients can purchase food from grocery stores who choose to participate in the EBT Online program.

Not allowing SNAP recipients to order groceries online was a major barrier to preserving the health and well-being of Illinois families,” Jones said. Low-income families need fairness and a safe way to feed their families just like any other household.” 

Governor JB Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Health, and other state officials created the statewide plan for 1.8 million SNAP recipients and was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This plan gives SNAP recipients the option to enter their Personal Identification Number to order groceries online. 

Once the program launches Walmart and Amazon have agreed to accept online orders. Any additional grocery retailers who are local and want to join the EBT Online or find more information can visit here

All SNAP recipients with Link cards in Illinois will be able to participate and will be alerted when they can use their card to make food orders online. The online option will begin June 2.