FoodShare SC begins accepting SNAP payments online

FoodShare South Carolina has received approval from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to accept SNAP online for purchases of fruits and vegetables sold through its Fresh Food Box program. FoodShare SC is one of only a few community-based organizations in the nation selected to participate in the SNAP Online Purchasing program. The 2014 Farm Bill laid the groundwork to test the feasibility and implications of allowing vendors to accept SNAP benefits through online transactions stating “individuals who receive SNAP benefits should have the opportunity to shop for food the same way more and more Americans shop for food—by ordering and paying online.” FoodShare South Carolina, based in Richland County, launched online SNAP payment options on December 1, 2023, and will be adding the option to additional FoodShare partner hubs in its state-wide network in early 2024.