USDA tests online delivery services for food-stamp groceries

Photo Source: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is moving to test the possibility of allowing food stamp users to get their groceries online, though the program could raise fraud concerns.

The Washington Post reported over the weekend that online delivery services like Peapod, FreshDirect, and Thrive Market are supporting the push. If the USDA determines the pilot program is successful, it will be implemented nationwide.

A USDA spokesperson told they will be seeking volunteers for the pilot program in the fall.

The spokesperson said "getting the proper technology in place to ensure process integrity" has been a major factor, as few companies have developed the correct encrypted PIN capabilities.

The tests are being conducted under the 2014 Farm Bill.

If the pilot program is successful, expanding SNAP benefits to online grocery delivery could have a significant impact on millions of households.