Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Walmart Now Accepts EBT for Online Grocery Pickup! (A Victory for Low-Income Disabled People like Meeee)

WALMART IS NOW ACCEPTING EBT/SNAP/FOOD STAMPS FOR ONLINE PICKUP!!! This is a huge victory for low income / disabled people like me who struggle with shopping inside stores, especially Walmart, which easily triggers my sensory overload.

I shop at Walmart because it's affordable and I like their selection. Previously, I could use pickup for my non-food items since I have to use a credit/debit card for those (which helped cut my time in the store by 1/3), but I'd still have to go inside the store to shop for groceries since they didn't accept EBT for pickup orders.

Going inside a Walmart store is problematic for me, and the sensory overload I get from being in the building is so bad that I often cannot function when I get home; I end up sleeping all day, being anxious and depressed, and struggle to take care of myself. I don't like having to choose between being my sanity for a day and grocery shopping.

I've longed for online websites (like Amazon, Target.com, and others) to accept EBT, but they often don't for security reasons. I can accept that for now. However, I thought Walmart should at least accept EBT for pickup orders because the card could be swiped at the store, and I have to go to the store anyway to pick up my items.

I had contacted Walmart's management about this issue and explained why it was so important for them to accept EBT for pickup: namely, so low-income disabled and elderly people could shop more easily. Some of us can't even go into the store for reasons similar to mine, or others like chronic pain, physical limitations, or light-sensitive epilepsy (those florescents are terrible).

Walmart must have gotten enough similar request, because they finally implemented it! Proof here:

This new option means we can get our groceries with less needless suffering, and Walmart gets more customers! It's a win-win situation.

I'm really excited. I have placed my first order and am picking it up today. I'll leave a review about it after my pickup, so if you need to use their service as well, you'll know what to expect.

Use Walmart's online grocery pickup here.

Note: This post was not sponsored by Walmart or anyone else, I just really like surviving and am happy that Walmart is helping me do that.

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