The USDA announced that Idaho as well as Florida have been approved for SNAP on-line purchasing program, already implemented in several states across the country, including Washington and Oregon. This approval will allow both states to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start date later this month.
Idaho’s SNAP participation is nearly 150,000 individuals, more than 67,000 households, and totals nearly $200,000 annually in federal funding.
Though the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is receiving interest to expand the SNAP online pilot program, the responsibility is on state agencies, their third-party processor, and any retailers who wish to participate. To ease the process, FNS put together a simplified template for states who wish to enter the online pilot which is provided as an attachment to this letter.
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