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Fri Apr 24, 2020, 01:34 AM

Missouri approved to allow SNAP benefits to cover online grocery purchases

Missouri will soon be able to allow online grocery purchases with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits after receiving approval from the federal government Tuesday.

The state had sought a waiver to be included in a small federal pilot program during the ongoing global pandemic. Missouri is under a stay at home order until early May, and individuals are asked to practice social distancing and find alternative ways to buy groceries, such as through pick-up or delivery services.

However, SNAP benefits cannot be used to purchase groceries online without a waiver from the federal government.

The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) applied for the waiver on April 17, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the approval Tuesday. Kentucky and Texas were also greenlighted to join the program.

Read more: https://themissouritimes.com/missouri-approved-to-allow-snap-benefits-cover-online-grocery-purchases/

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