More People Can Use Food Benefits Online Due To Coronavirus
Low-income households in more and more states will soon be able to use food benefit debit cards to shop online for groceries, thanks to a pilot project that the government is expanding due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allowed online benefits redemptions in Alabama, Iowa, Nebraska, New York and Oregon as a precursor to making online benefits available nationwide. Since the economy has been essentially shut down while people have been urged to remain in their homes, however, the USDA has added Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, North Carolina, the District of Columbia and West Virginia to the program.
“Enabling people to purchase foods online will go a long way in helping Americans follow [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] social distancing guidelines and help slow the spread of the coronavirus,” …continued .
[Source: Huffington Post]