County Market among new retailers for SNAP recipients to buy food online
CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services announced Tuesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved six new retailers for Illinois’ 1.8 million Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to buy groceries online.
Among the new retailers is County Market, which operates 31 locations throughout the state. County Market has four locations in west-central Illinois.
- 408 Walnut Street, Carthage
- 825 West Washington, Pittsfield
- 4830 Broadway, Quincy
- 520 N. 24th, Quincy
“Every resident in Illinois deserves equitable access to healthy food options, regardless of their income level or the neighborhood they call home. This latest round of expansion for online SNAP retailers is helping make that a reality for thousands of SNAP customers across the state,” Pritzker said in a press release. “By launching online purchasing over a year ago during the pandemic, my administration continues to provide families with new and easier ways to shop for food in Illinois.”
The USDA first approved IDHS’ SNAP EBT Online implementation plan in June 2020, which gave SNAP customers the ability to enter their Personal Identification Number to buy groceries online. All SNAP recipients with Link cards in Illinois can participate.
Illinois residents have a total of nine online options for SNAP families. ALDI, Amazon and Walmart also accept online orders in Illinois. Additional grocery retailers interested in the program can find more information and apply at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/online-purchasing-pilot.
The USDA requires all SNAP authorized retailers, including authorized online retailers, to ensure SNAP benefits are used to buy eligible food items. A list of eligible food items that can be purchased using SNAP benefits is available at https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items.
Illinois residents can use the SNAP eligibility calculator to determine if they are eligible for SNAP benefits. IDHS has an additional resource page for SNAP benefit amounts and eligibility limits that can be viewed at https://www.dhs.state.il.us/OneNetLibrary/27897/documents/Brochures/124.pdf
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