Albertsons Companies joins digital food stamp pilot
Albertsons Companies is joining other retailers in a two-year pilot program that allows SNAP users to use their food stamps online.
The FDA announced that Albertsons Companies has been selected to participate in the online purchasing pilot of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in three of its operating divisions in Maryland, Oregon and Washington State.
The pilot is expected to establish the foundation for a program that will eventually extend online grocery purchasing nationwide to 43 million low-income individuals. The company's shop.safeway.com site will be one of seven online grocery retail sites to test and implement it beginning in August.
"The SNAP Online Purchasing pilot is at the intersection of innovation and community improvement, and Albertsons Companies is honored to have been selected to participate," said Shane Sampson, chief marketing and merchandising officer for Albertsons Companies. "Enabling SNAP participants to shop online and have their groceries delivered makes fresh foods more accessible to everyone, including those who may not be able to make a weekly trip to the store. We're proud to be part of combatting food insecurity in these communities."
Three of the company's divisions – Seattle, Portland and Eastern – will be involved in the pilot program for shop.safeway.com customers. The company operates 167 Safeway stores in Washington State, 97 Safeway stores in Oregon, and 63 Safeway stores in Maryland. As the pilot progresses, the company will work with the USDA on a timeline to offer SNAP online ordering and delivery service through shop.albertsons.com and the company's other online grocery shopping sites.
Albertsons Companies provides online shopping and home delivery in 12 states and the District of Columbia under the regional banners Safeway, Vons, Albertsons, Tom Thumb, and Randalls. The company expanded home delivery to 10 new markets in fiscal 2016.