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FarmboxRx becomes first fresh grocery delivery to accept SNAP/EBT benefits

- General News
The pilot program will enable the Medicare/Medicaid population that FarmboxRx services to supplement the healthy food benefits provided through their health plan with SNAP dollars.

Republican Congress members say USDA abused its authority with SNAP increase

- General News
WASHINGTON—Today, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer and House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Ranking Member Don Bacon (R-Neb.) wrote Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack about the 27% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

USDA only goes part way to improve nutrition

- General News
The USDA committed billions of dollars to improve Americans’ nutrition but could do much more to ensure they buy and eat more fruits and vegetables.

USDA updates Thrifty Food Plan, SNAP benefits

- General News
The USDA today released a re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, used to calculate SNAP benefits. As a result, the average SNAP benefit – excluding additional funds provided as part of pandemic relief – will increase for Fiscal Year 2022 beginning on October 1, 2021.

USDA: Online SNAP redemption caught on fast in 2020

- Retail
Expanded state roll-outs of SNAP redemption online in 2020 grew the value from less than $3 million in February to more than $246 million in December.

Federal spending on food assistance reached record high in 2020

- General News
Spending on USDA’s food and nutrition assistance programs jumped 30 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2020 to an inflation-adjusted record of $122.1 billion, abruptly reversing a six-year decline.

Instacart, Aldi expand online SNAP to 1,000 stores, 23 states

- Retail
As part of this new program, EBT SNAP participants in the available states will be able to shop from ALDI via the Instacart online site and mobile app.

Expanding SNAP online a top priority for independent grocers

- Retail
Last week, NGA hosted a virtual meeting with FNS Administrator Pam Miller and approximately 25 independent grocers and e-commerce representatives to discuss the barriers and challenges small retailers face when working through the SNAP Online Purchasing application and testing process.

National Grocers Association Foundation chosen as technical assistance partner for USDA Produce Incentive Grant

- General News
The National Grocers Association Foundation announced June 11 that it has been selected to be a sub-awardee for a federal contract to provide training and technical assistance to retailers implementing produce incentive and prescription projects.

USDA increases monthly SNAP benefits by 40%

- General News

Washington, D.C., (April 22, 2020) – Today, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced emergency …