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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 1, 2020 02:00 PM
From: Representative Frank Dermody
To: All House members
Subject: SNAP Online Grocery Purchases
In the face of this current pandemic, social distancing requires all Pennsylvanians to take precautions and limit their time outside of the home. As a result, the delivery of groceries has suddenly become a crucial strategy for reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19. Unfortunately, not all Commonwealth residents can take advantage of this option.
Food insecure households in Pennsylvania relying on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for accessing nutritious foods are currently unable to use SNAP for online grocery purchases. At the moment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting an online purchasing pilot for SNAP participants in several other states, including Alabama, New York, Oregon, and Washington. As such, I will be introducing a resolution that will urge our Department of Human Services to submit an application to join this pilot and enable Pennsylvania SNAP participants to purchase groceries online during this unprecedented time.
It is only right that we use whatever is at our disposal to combat this crisis and ensure no Pennsylvanian goes hungry. Please join me in supporting this important resolution.

Introduced as HR843