EBT SNAP InstacartGreenStar Food Co+op, a community-owned consumer cooperative grocery store, today announced that it will now accept Electronic Benefits Transfer Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (EBT SNAP) for same-day grocery delivery and pickup via Instacart. With this program, EBT SNAP participants will now be able to use their benefits to access fresh food and pantry staples online from GreenStar’s 770 Cascadilla St., Ithaca location.

This launch follows the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s most recent approval allowing GreenStar and Instacart to launch their SNAP online partnership. With transportation often serving as a barrier to the grocery store, GreenStar delivery via Instacart hopes to make accessing food easier for customers.

“GreenStar is thrilled to be able to offer our member-owners, customers, and community members the option to use their EBT SNAP benefits to shop at GreenStar,” Holly Baker, Marketing Director for GreenStar Food Co-op said. “The Co-op is committed to being an affordable and accessible grocery retailer and our immediacy and follow-through to ensure this option is available is one more way the Co-op demonstrates that commitment.”

To help subsidize costs for EBT SNAP participants, Instacart is waiving the delivery and pickup fees on all EBT SNAP orders through March 31, 2022 for customers using a valid EBT card associated with their Instacart account in connection with their purchase.

For more information about EBT SNAP on Instacart, visit: www.instacart.com/ebt-snap.

Where available, EBT SNAP participants will now be able to shop from GreenStar via the Instacart website and mobile app. Once an Instacart customer profile is created, customers can enter their EBT food card information as a form of payment in their profile. Customers will need a secondary form of payment for non-food items such as taxes, tips and fees per federal SNAP guidelines. Customers can then enter their zip code to determine if they are near a participating retailer, and begin shopping and selecting items from retailers’ EBT-eligible products. Once items are added to their cart, customers will be able to select how much of their benefits they would like to allocate to the order. Orders for delivery and pickup can be placed by customers for receipt in as fast as an hour or scheduled several days in advance.