Instacart is increasing the number of stores where it accepts online payments for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants, moving the online grocery delivery giant into competition with Amazon.com and Walmart for a growing pool of consumers using federal assistance to buy food online. From a report: The San Francisco-based startup is partnering with three retailers, Publix Super Markets, The Save Mart Companies and Golub’s Price Chopper/Market 32, to allow Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) payments in more than 1,500 additional U.S. stores. The expansion is about a 60% increase in availability for SNAP online purchasing through Instacart, which began in October with a partnership with ALDI. Food-stamp recipients will be able to order same-day delivery or pickup through the Instacart website and mobile app in more than 4,000 stores across 38 states and Washington D.C.
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