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Amazon attracts food stamp users for online grocery orders during pandemic: report
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Amazon is becoming more popular among people who use food stamps for online grocery orders, according to a recent report.
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In fact, online grocery orders for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) users have spiked 50-fold this year because of the pandemic, according to a report from Bloomberg.
In September, 1.1 million people used their SNAP benefits to buy food online — with most of those people shopping from Amazon and Walmart.
However, that’s still only a small portion of people on food stamps. Bloomberg reported, in total, more than 22 million households receive SNAP benefits.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a pilot program last year that allowed people to use SNAP benefits online. In the midst of the pandemic in April, the department expanded the program.