Instacart, ALDI announce SNAP benefit expansion to include New York and 22 other states

Posted at 8:53 AM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 08:53:58-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — ALDI and Instacart are expanding the eligibility of SNAP benefits to 23 more states, including New York.

The move allows Instacart shoppers to use Electronic Benefit Transfer and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (EBT SNAP) to buy groceries for same-day delivery and pickup at more than 1,000 ALDI locations nationwide.

The grocery chain and popular grocery shopping app say the move is a part of a plan to increase food access to Americans who are using EBT SNAP payments to buy their groceries.

"As the country continues to grapple with COVID-19, we recognize the important role Instacart and its retail partners play in making same-day grocery delivery and pickup available to more people nationwide," said Andrew Nodes, Vice President of Retail at Instacart. "We're proud of the work we've done with ALDI and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to unlock EBT SNAP online payments for more families, and we look forward to continuing to expand this important program."

The expansion includes Washington, D.C. and the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

The program was initially rolled out at 60 ALDI stores in Georgia in mid-November, with more than 570 other locations across California, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas following suit in December.
To help subsidize costs for EBT SNAP beneficiaries, Instacart will waive delivery and/or pickup fees on up to the first three EBT SNAP orders for each customer with a valid EBT card associated with their Instacart account during a 90-day period that started on December 16, 2020.