State offers more food stamp flexibility amid record participation

To keep up with the growing demand for help, DHS upgraded its SNAP enrollment system last summer and 90 percent of all new applications are now processed online. The other 10 percent are people who don’t have access to the technology so in-person or phone assistance is needed.
DHS also added online grocery purchases for SNAP members. They can use the Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, like debit cards, to make purchases for pick-up at select Walmart locations.
Daniela Spoto, director of anti-hunger initiatives at the Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice, praised DHS for making adjustments to meet the growing demand during the pandemic.
“When people need to do grocery shopping and are scared to leave their homes, especially seniors and people with mobility issues, having that ability to use their EBT online is extremely important.”