Amazon to begin accepting food stamps

Amazon announced Monday that it is among the seven online food retailers that will begin accepting food stamps as part of a pilot program initiated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According to USA TODAY, the two-year program will test online ordering and payment methods. The program is set to begin this summer.

The USDA said in a statement that it plans to expand the online program nationwide and eventually add more retailers.

Other participating retailers include Safeway, ShopRite, Hy-Vee, Hart’s Local Grocers and Dash’s Market. Food stamps for those online retailers will only be accepted in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Iowa and Oregon during the trial period.

Amazon is the largest retailer participating in the program.