DoorDash, the local commerce platform, is taking significant steps to enhance food access by accepting SNAP/EBT payments on its platform in partnership with several grocery retailers, including ALDI, Albertsons, Safeway, Meijer, and participating 7-Eleven® stores. This collaboration will enable more than 4,000 grocery and convenience locations across the United States to offer SNAP/EBT payment options for on-demand delivery of eligible grocery items through DoorDash.
In an effort to provide additional savings to consumers and remove obstacles to accessing fresh groceries, DoorDash will grant SNAP recipients the benefits of a DashPass membership. DashPass is DoorDash’s membership program that waives delivery fees for eligible orders meeting minimum subtotal requirements from thousands of restaurants, grocery stores, and convenience stores nationwide. For SNAP recipients, this membership will be offered free of charge for two months.
Fuad Hannon, the VP of New Verticals at DoorDash, emphasized the transformative impact of on-demand grocery delivery on food access, particularly for vulnerable populations such as seniors, individuals residing in food deserts, and those facing disability or transportation challenges. He expressed pride in partnering with these merchants to offer SNAP recipients convenient access to quality groceries through the DoorDash platform. By enabling SNAP/EBT payments, DoorDash aims to make a profound difference in reducing food insecurity and connecting people to the essential items they need.
Presently, customers can order SNAP/EBT-eligible grocery items from the following merchants via DoorDash:
- ALDI: Beginning in July, customers can browse and purchase SNAP-eligible grocery products from over 2,200 ALDI locations in 38 states. ALDI’s assortment includes their renowned, fresh, and affordable groceries, including the highly sought-after ALDI Finds, all available at ALDI’s trademark low prices.
- Albertsons and Safeway: Customers can now order SNAP-eligible items from nearly 900 Safeway and 380 Albertsons locations nationwide through DoorDash. Partnering with DoorDash allows shoppers to use their EBT cards to make online purchases for home delivery, aligning with Albertsons’ commitment to creating a flexible and convenient shopping experience for all customers. Moreover, customers can link their DoorDash account to the grocers’ loyalty program – Safeway for U™ or Albertsons for U™ – to earn points toward gas and grocery rewards at participating store locations.
- Meijer: Starting in July, customers can access fresh, high-quality food, including dairy, eggs, local produce, fresh meat, and fish, at over 260 Meijer locations.
- 7-Eleven: Beginning in July, customers can conveniently order delivery from over 130 7-Eleven stores across the United States, covering a wide range of convenience items, food, and beverages.
DoorDash’s commitment to ensuring food accessibility and affordability is exemplified by its expansion into on-demand grocery delivery in 2020. Today, DoorDash boasts over 100,000 non-restaurant stores on its Marketplace and Drive platforms throughout North America. Over 98% of DoorDash’s monthly customers in the United States have access to non-restaurant stores through DoorDash. The platform’s extension beyond restaurants has facilitated on-demand access to grocery and convenience stores, partnering with notable retailers such as Albertsons Cos. banner stores, Walgreens, BJ’s, Grocery Outlet, and Dollar General. These partnerships offer consumers increased convenience and a one-stop-shop experience. With more than 4,000 stores now accepting SNAP/EBT payments on DoorDash, the company takes great pride in contributing to expanded food access for over 2.3 million people residing in USDA-defined food deserts and over 4.3 million people in communities where more than 1 in 10 households receive SNAP/EBT benefits, according to DoorDash’s data compilation.
Project DASH, DoorDash’s initiative to support food banks, food pantries, and other social impact organizations, plays a crucial role in delivering food to individuals experiencing food insecurity. To date, Project DASH has facilitated the delivery of an estimated 80 million meals. DoorDash’s efforts to increase the availability of SNAP/EBT on its platform align with its dedication to expanding access to nutritious food and promoting healthy choices, supporting the White Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.
Enabling SNAP recipients to order groceries through DoorDash offers numerous benefits. It assists families in meeting childcare and work commitments, relieves seniors of potential grocery store-related stress, and supports individuals with mobility issues by providing efficient and affordable access to nutritious food through same-day delivery. DoorDash is eager to serve households utilizing SNAP benefits, expanding food access and offering choice and convenience by allowing them to use their SNAP benefits at their preferred grocery stores.
Eric Mitchell, the Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger, commended DoorDash’s inclusion of SNAP recipients, recognizing that improved access is a crucial factor in ensuring food security across the nation. Mitchell stated, “DoorDash is taking a positive and commonsense step in today’s tech-friendly world.”
To add a SNAP/EBT card to their DoorDash payment methods, consumers can navigate to the “Program Cards” section of the DoorDash app. After adding their card, they will receive an email containing a unique link to redeem a two-month free DashPass membership with a few simple clicks, enabling them to start saving immediately.