Martin Customers With Food Stamps Can Use Online Shopping Program | Local News
The state Department of Human Services said Thursday that Giant Company, parent company of Martin’s supermarkets, has joined the United States Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or purchasing pilot SNAP online.
This program allows SNAP recipients, also known as food stamp recipients, to purchase groceries for pickup or delivery online through Giant Direct and Martin’s Direct, the latter of which is tied to points. Martin’s stores, including the one at the Regency Mall in White Township. State officials said this alleviates the need for food stamp recipients to leave their homes and be in public during the health crisis.
The GIANT Company is the sixth retailer in Pennsylvania to be approved for the pilot, after Aldi, Amazon, Fresh Grocer, Shoprite and Walmart. Of this group, Aldi and Walmart have outlets along Oakland Avenue in White Township. They said only qualifying food items normally covered by SNAP can be purchased online from participating retailers with SNAP benefits. SNAP benefits cannot be used to cover delivery costs, driver tips and other associated costs.
Since the program launched in Pennsylvania in June 2020, the Department of Social Services said, these retailers have recorded more than $ 190 million in online SNAP purchases by Pennsylvanians.