Good news for Illinoisans. J.B. Pritzker’s administration has announced a new partnership with ALDI to provide online grocery access to over 2 million families on SNAP Chicago. Illinoisans can use Electronic Benefit Transfer and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (EBT SNAP) online through Instacart. The users can access fresh food and pantry staples from ALDI via Instacart’s same-day delivery and pick-up services.
Governor J.B. Pritzker said his administration’s top priority is the health and wellness of Illinois and this partnership is a testament to the priority. He added, “Especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that all Illinois families have access to healthy, nutritious options, regardless of their background.”
Grace Hou, Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services said, “We are pleased to see ALDI as the newest retailer option for Illinois residents who use EBT SNAP benefits and have access to healthy, affordable food. As we continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19, we are working to leverage increased opportunities for Illinois residents to use EBT SNAP payments for online grocery delivery and pick-up services in communities across the state.”
Kate Maehr, Executive Director and CEO for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, appreciates the efforts of the Illinois Department of Human Services for making the partnership possible. Maehr added, “The addition of ALDI greatly expands the reach of this program that allows Illinois households to purchase groceries online using SNAP benefits. This is a critical resource for our most vulnerable neighbors, including those unable to leave their homes. We are excited by this additional step toward more equitable food access in underserved communities, including those on Chicago’s South and West Sides and in the Cook County suburbs.”