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DeWine announces changes aimed to improve accessibility for SNAP recipients

DeWine said the state has been working with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and grocery stores on a "click and collect" option.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gov. Mike DeWine announced changes to ensure the most vulnerable Ohioans have access to food and minimize exposure to COVID-19.

During his daily briefing on Wednesday, DeWine said the state has been working with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and grocery stores on a "click and collect" option.

DeWine said those receiving SNAP benefits are able to shop online and go to their grocery stores to pick up their items in their vehicles.

SNAP recipients will be able to swipe their EBT cards without entering the store.

"With this change, the mom who does not have child care, the adult with an underlying health condition, or the senior citizen at high risk can order groceries at home and just go to the store to pay and pick up curbside, where available," DeWine said.

For the stores that do not have a mobile point of sale device, DeWine said a recipient can continue to order online, then pick up the groceries and pay inside the store.

"This option reduces the time SNAP recipients are in the grocery store and reduces the risk of community spread," he said.