DoorDash App Adds SNAP
DoorDash just had its biggest update since its inception, and it is making their service more accessible. Among the many changes, the most notable was the addition of a feature allowing SNAP participants to use SNAP EBT for their grocery delivery. Already, the service is available at more than 4000 grocery and convenience stores including Albertsons, Safeway, Meijer, Aldi, 7-Eleven and more. The update comes as DoorDash is pushing affordability and accessibility for products and services.
DoorDash joins Instacart in allowing SNAP recipients to use their EBT credit for grocery delivery. The food delivery service claims the update will impact “more than 2.3 million people” who are in areas defined as food deserts, and is hoping to further reduce the barriers to access fresh groceries. In recent years, the term “food desert” has become outdated. Most research has shown that food deserts are not as much a determinant of food insecurity as once thought. This raises the question about whether the DoorDash (and Instacart) SNAP EBT update will be used more for convenience than necessity. Nonetheless, increasing convenient grocery access for SNAP participants is a welcome step.