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Those using EBT cards for food can now order groceries online from the Daily Table

“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and winter storms, not everyone has the ability to go into a store.”

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu at the Daily Table in Roxbury on Tuesday. Boston City TV via Youtube screenshot

Those living in the Boston area who use an EBT card to buy their groceries can now order them online from the Daily Table and have them delivered.

Mayor Michelle Wu visited the nonprofit organization Tuesday that operates food stores in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Cambridge. By going online, or using the store’s app, those who use SNAP can now order their groceries.

“Expanding food access requires meeting residents where they are and making it easier for busy families to get nutritious, affordable meals,” Wu said in a press release. “In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and winter storms, not everyone has the ability to go into a store.”

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The mayor’s office also contributed $93,000 to the Daily Table from dollars received through the American Rescue Plan to help with the online SNAP benefits. SNAP online food ordering began in 2020, according to Wu’s office.

Wu said she helped fulfill one of the orders while she visited the Daily Table.

“We are really excited for this launch, and we can’t wait to have them ordering and help the community.” Rose Marsan, manager of the Daily Table in Roxbury, said during the mayor’s visit.

Those who live within two miles of a Daily Table get free delivery, according to the release.

“Our mission is to provide fresh, tasty, and nutritious food to communities most in need,” Doug Rauch, Daily Table founder and president, said in the release. “Over the last two years, the communities we serve have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID pandemic with higher rates of unemployment and skyrocketing food insecurity. SNAP redemption levels in our stores have nearly doubled since the pandemic started. Enabling our customers using SNAP benefits to order free grocery delivery at the same low prices as in our stores democratizes access and empowers customers to get the healthy, affordable food they need and deserve.”  

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A variety of larger companies already offered the option to buy groceries online with EBT cards. These include Amazon, BJs, Walmart, and Stop and Shop. Via Instacart, people can order from Stop and Shop, ALDI, Hannaford, and Price Chopper, too, according to the state.

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