SNAP, TANF benefits can now be used online

By: - June 15, 2020 5:07 pm
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Low-income families can now purchase groceries online using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits.

Nevada SNAP and TANF recipients will be able to use their EBT card to purchase groceries online through the retail giants Amazon and Walmart, including for curbside pick up or home delivery, starting June 10.

Additionally, TANF benefits can be used to cover the cost of home delivery. Nevada SNAP, however, will not cover delivery costs.

“This new option reduces barriers for many program recipients,” said Department of Health and Human Services Division of Welfare and Supportive Services (DWSS) administrator Steve Fisher. “By accepting SNAP and TANF for online grocery purchases families and vulnerable individuals are able to continue social distancing and still receive the food they need.”

Walmart and Amazon are currently the only stores that are allowed to accept EBT cards online in Nevada, but state officials said they are working to add more stores in the future. Grocery vendors were approved and certified for the online program by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services.

Officials for the DWSS said the program is based off a pilot program used in limited states. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all states were given opportunity to opt-in utilizing the prior selected vendors Walmart and Amazon.

Like most other state offices, the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services — which oversees SNAP and TANF — has gone remote and is offering services only online and over the phone. Anyone who wants to see if they are eligible for SNAP (and Medicaid) can do so at accessnevada.dwss.nv.gov

Instructions for how to use SNAP and TANF online can be found here.

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Jeniffer Solis
Jeniffer Solis

Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.