Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved six new retailers, significantly expanding the options for Illinois’ 1.8 million SNAP recipients to purchase groceries online. The newly approved retailers include Capri IGA, County Market, FairPlay Neighborhood Market, Schnucks, Supermercados El Guero, and Woodman’s Market, which, operate a combined 83 stores across Illinois.
The USDA first approved IDHS’ SNAP EBT Online implementation plan in June 2020, which gave SNAP customers the ability to enter their Personal Identification Number (PIN) to purchase groceries online. All SNAP recipients with Link cards in Illinois are able to participate.With the addition of Capri IGA, County Market, FairPlay Neighborhood Market, Schnucks, Supermercados El Guero, and Woodman’s Market, Illinois residents now have a total of nine online options for SNAP families. ALDI, Amazon, and Walmart also accept online orders in Illinois. Additional grocery retailers interested in the program can find more information and apply at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/online-purchasing-pilot. The USDA requires all SNAP authorized retailers, including authorized online retailers, to ensure SNAP benefits are used to purchase eligible food items. A list of eligible food items that can be purchased using SNAP benefits is available here: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items.Illinois residents can use the SNAP eligibility calculator to determine if they are eligible for SNAP benefits. IDHS has an additional resource page for SNAP benefit amounts and eligibility limits that can be viewed here: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/OneNetLibrary/27897/documents/Brochures/124.pdfRelated updates on Illinois Online SNAP program will be posted at www.DHS.illinois.gov/OnlineSNAP