Urge Congress to Expand SNAP Online in Next Relief Package
NGA members are working tirelessly to provide their customers with online shopping options during the COVID-19 pandemic, but only a limited number of grocery retailers are currently approved to accommodate SNAP customers online. The application and set-up process are lengthy and smaller retailers face technical challenges and other barriers, such as lack of resources or financial capacity, making it difficult for them to participate in the program and compete with their larger competitors.
Please urge your Members of Congress to include the Expanding SNAP Options Act (H.R. 7535/S. 4202) in the Phase Four COVID-19 relief package. This legislation would create a technical assistance center to provide support to independent grocers that lack capacity and resources to support SNAP online purchasing, while also providing grants to retailers in need of financial assistance to offer the program.