DoorDash To Start Accepting SNAP As Part Of Massive App Overhaul

Popular food delivery service DoorDash has announced that it will now be accepting SNAP/EBT online payments. SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and it aims to improve food security for low-income individuals and families. By accepting this form of payment, DoorDash hopes to increase food access to people across the country.

Participating stores include select locations of Safeway, Albertsons, ALDI, Meijer, and 7-Eleven. This will mean that over 4,000 grocery or convenience stores across the country will now have SNAP/EBT capabilities for DoorDash. Additionally, the company is offering SNAP/EBT users two months of free access to its DashPass membership that allows for free delivery on eligible orders.

This massive change comes alongside other modifications to the DoorDash experience. DoorDash has introduced multiple updates to the app, such as separate tabs for retail, grocery, and browsing, as well as the ability to have multiple carts going at once. There are changes for the delivery drivers as well — for the first time, DoorDash will offer the choice between earning by offer or earning by time.

Expanding food access

DoorDash first expanded beyond restaurant delivery in 2020, providing home grocery delivery at a time when in-person shopping was difficult. Today, that aspect of its business has grown to over 100,000 non-restaurant stores across DoorDash's service area, which means that the vast majority of DoorDash customers have access to some kind of grocery store delivery through the company. 

In 2022, the Biden administration held the first White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in over half a century. As part of the goal to end hunger, DoorDash has committed to broadening food access. This new development of accepting SNAP/EBT is in alignment with this goal and also with DoorDash's initiative called Project DASH, which aims to increase food access for people experiencing food insecurity by working with food banks and pantries. To begin using SNAP/EBT on DoorDash, users can apply their card information in the company's app under the "Program Cards" section in payment methods.