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Amazon just added a lot more Prime members

By Gina Acosta - 03/07/2018
Last year seven online food retailers, including Amazon and FreshDirect, began accepting food stamps from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Amazon is accelerating efforts to sign up more low-income shoppers by extending its Prime membership program to Medicaid recipients.

Shoppers on Medicaid will pay $5.99 for Prime, while shoppers who receive Electronic Benefits Transfer cards (used to disperse government food and cash benefits) will pay $6.99 for Prime.

Free two-day shipping and the other various perks of Prime remain identical for those applying with a Medicaid or EBT card, with the 54% reduction in membership serving to entice lower-income shoppers.

Last year seven online food retailers, including Amazon and FreshDirect, began accepting food stamps from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Other participating retailers include Safeway, ShopRite, Hy-Vee, Hart's Local Grocers, and Dash's Market. 

"Amazon is excited to participate in the USDA SNAP online purchasing pilot," the company said in a press release. "We are committed to making food accessible through online grocery shopping, offering all customers the lowest prices possible."