Statement of Amy Nelms, Senior Policy Associate
We applaud United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for expanding online SNAP and offering critical technical assistance to grocers. With this expansion, over 150 additional retail chain grocery stores are now allowing food to be purchased with SNAP benefits with a coverage area serving 99 percent of all SNAP shoppers. This is a major win for shoppers facing barriers to accessing food, such as lack of transportation. We hope USDA will continue this momentum and make shopping online even more supportive for SNAP shoppers. In addition, CSPI encourages the USDA to waive delivery and service fees for online purchases made with SNAP and to require retailers to include nutrition labels on online products, and we look forward to advocating for these priorities in the 2023 Farm Bill.