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Published: June 3, 2020


TENNESSEANS WHO UTILIZE THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR SNAP TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES NOW HAVE A NEW RESOURCE TO HELP DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS APPROVED TENNESSEE FOR A PILOT PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS SNAP BENEFITS TO BE USED TO BUY FOOD ONLINE WITH AMAZON STARTING JUNE 1ST AND WALMART STARTING JUNE 2ND. IN ADDITION THE USDA HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO EXPAND ONLINE PURCHASING TO MORE RETAILERS IN THE FUTURE. FAMILIES CAN ACCESS THIS NEW RESOURCE BY ENTERING THEIR ELECTRONIC BENEFIT CARD INFORMATION ON AMAZON'S SNAP DEDICATED WEBSITE OR BY FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES WALMART HAS ESTABLISHED FOR SNAP ONLINE PURCHASING.  MORE THAN 900 THOUSAND INDIVIDUALS IN TENNESSEE RECEIVE SNAP BENEFITS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO TN DOT GOV SLASH HUMAN SERVICES.