Online SNAP and P-EBT benefit redemptions and number of participating online retailers grew consistently from 2020 through 2023

Line chart showing share of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer benefits redeemed online and the number of participating retailers from January 2020 to September 2023.

Researchers from USDA, Economic Research Service and three academic institutions found that the rollout of USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s Online Purchasing Pilot from April to July 2020 reduced food insufficiency among low-income households during the early days of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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