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Virginia SNAP beneficiaries can now have Food Lion groceries delivered through Instacart

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Posted at 6:59 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 20:03:23-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will now be able to order groceries from Food Lion and have them delivered through Instacart.

The food delivery app announced Friday they would be expanding their SNAP payment program to include more than 180 Food Lions across the state. SNAP beneficiaries will be able to use their benefits through the app for both grocery delivery and pickup at Food Lion.

"This latest expansion follows the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s most recent approval allowing Instacart and Food Lion to launch this SNAP online partnership." said a Instacart spokesperson.

Customers can select from Food Lion's SNAP eligible products and once items are added to their cart, they can select how much of their benefits they would like to allocate to the order.

Instacart is also waiving delivery fees for the first three orders for each eligible customer.

"To help subsidize costs for SNAP beneficiaries, through March 16, 2021, Instacart will waive delivery and/or pickup fees on up to the first three EBT SNAP orders for each customer with a valid EBT card associated with their Instacart account." added an Instacart spokesperson.

Instacart and Food Lion first partnered back in 2016 and currently offer services at 600+ Food Lions across the region.

The Food Lion initiative first launched in early February in North Carolina and is now launching in Virginia alongside 7 other states including Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Instacart users can also use their SNAP benefits at ALDI.