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The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has approved South Carolina Department of Social Services' request to allow the state's SNAP recipients to use their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards for online purchases of eligible food items.
It is anticipated that this service will be in effect beginning July 31 and, at this time, Walmart and Amazon are the only retailers authorized by USDA to implement online food purchasing in South Carolina.
SCDSS requested approval for the use of SNAP benefits for online food purchases to support social distancing practices recommended by public health officials to mitigate risks associated with exposure to COVID-19.
The department hopes that other retailers and independent grocers within the state will be able to gain authorization from USDA to participate by the end of the summer, which will support local businesses and help boost the state's economy.
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