Food Deserts, Amazon Prime, & SNAP

Food Deserts, Amazon Prime, & SNAP
Craig Gundersen, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois
Amazon Prime EBT Page

There is a new twist for USDA’s food and feeding programs. Part of 2014 Farm Bill is piloting ten new delivery systems that will allow people using the SNAP program to order food online for home delivery. University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Craig Gundersen says when you look deeper this program can do a lot to help those who cannot always help themselves or that simply don’t have easy access to a grocery store. He says this is because there are food deserts in the United States.

Gundersen 1:21 …through some of these home delivery programs.
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The Amazon Prime program is already in place for EBT card holders. EBT stands for Electronic Benefits Transfer. The discounted Amazon Prime membership, $5.99 per month rather than $10.99, cannot be purchased with the card. Food is available to those using USDA’s SNAP, WIC, TANF and some other programs.