CINCINNATI – Kroger Co. announced on April 16 that it is accepting the benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for its family’s “Click and Pick” business from supermarket stores. Kroger said the service would provide a contactless, convenient service for SNAP recipients to shop for groceries online and pick up their order outside at a nearby store.
“Kroger is introducing payments to our nearly 2,800 grocery stores so that more customers can access fresh, affordable groceries and essentials through our pick-up service,” said Rodney McMullen, chairman and CEO of Kroger. “We are determined to support all families as we work with our employees and communities, as well as government agencies and health organizations, to smooth the curve during this unprecedented pandemic.”
Customers using the service can select a preferred location in the Kroger app or on Kroger.com, place their order for groceries, select a pick-up date and time, and choose SNAP / EBT (electronic power transmission) as the payment method. A Kroger employee brings the customer’s order to the selected shop and loads it into his car. EBT card customers complete their transaction with a mobile point-of-sale system that covers ineligible EBT purchases with a debit or credit card.
Walmart, Inc., the largest retailer in the country, has been offering a pickup option for SNAP since June 2019 and has been promoting the service for the past few days to keep customers safe.