Walmart gives option for customers to use SNAP benefits with online grocery orders

Walmart will end the program in May. (Source: JJBers/Flickr/MGN)

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Walmart Monday says its rolling out a pay-at-pickup option that allows families using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to pay when they pick up groceries at any of the eight Walmart stores with the pickup service in Wichita.

"With this rollout, Walmart becomes the first retailer to offer this method for online grocery pickup customers at scale," a news release on the service says.

Walmart began piloting the program last year with the goal of having more than 3,100 pickup locations open by the end of the year.

"The SNAP payment will make it even easier for more customers to pick up their groceries without even leaving their cars," Monday's news release says.

How it works

Customers begin by ordering their groceries and choosing a pickup time. They can do so through the company's website or through the Walmart Grocery mobile app. Wichita customers enter their zip codes to select the local store to pick up their orders before creating their shopping lists. During checkout, they select "EBT Card" for the payment option and a time to pick up their order. When the Walmart employee brings the order to the customer's car, the customer will be asked to provide their EBT beneft card for payment.

“We are always looking at ways to make Grocery Pickup more available and accessible to customers,” Tom Ward, senior vice president of Digital Operations at Walmart. “Access to convenience and to quality, fresh groceries should not be dictated by how you pay.”