Bashas’ is now accepting Electronic Benefits Transfer and Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (EBT SNAP) for eligible same-day delivery and curbside pickup orders placed online via Instacart, the family-owned grocer announced April 21.
Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, customers who use an EBT card to grocery shop can now apply their SNAP benefits to purchase groceries online from Bashas’ more than 100 grocery stores across Arizona, including its AJ’s Fine Foods, Eddie’s Country Store and Food City banners. Bashas’ said it is currently working to roll out this offering for its Dine stores across Arizona and New Mexico in the coming months.
“Online shopping is an especially useful option for those who are not able to visit our stores in person because they lack reliable transportation or have other limitations,” said Bashas’ President and CEO Edward “Trey” Basha, who recently spoke with WGB about the successes and challenges the chain has faced over the years as it marks 90 years of business. “Giving shoppers the ability to use their SNAP benefits when ordering their groceries online through Instacart makes nutritious food more convenient and affordable.”
To order same-day grocery delivery or pickup online from Bashas’, Food City, Eddie’s Country Store and AJ’s Fine Foods, customers must create a profile using Instacart’s website or mobile app. In the profile section, customers can enter their EBT SNAP card information as a form of payment. Customers will need a secondary form of payment for nonfood items such as taxes, tips and fees, per federal EBT SNAP guidelines.
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Customers can place online orders for grocery delivery and curbside pickup in as fast as an hour. They can also schedule delivery and pickups several days in advance.
“We’re proud to expand our partnership with Bashas’ and provide a more convenient way to obtain fresh, nutritional foods and pantry staples,” said Sarah Mastrorocco, VP of access to food and nutrition for Instacart. “Online grocery shopping shouldn’t just be a luxury, and to get there, we need to ensure delivery and pickup are affordable for everyone. Households that rely on EBT SNAP benefits now have more access to Bashas’ quality produce and expansive selection across Arizona.”