San Francisco, California (July 13, 2023) – “Online EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) solves some very critical problems for SNAP customers,” according to Ofek Lavian, co-founder and CEO of Forage, one of three companies certified by the USDA to process online SNAP payments.
Food deserts are common throughout the U.S. and one out of every five households in the country has a family member with a disability, making it harder for them to get to a brick-and-mortar store, Lavian said in a recent interview with Winsight Grocery Business. Making SNAP available for online purchases—the cost of delivery and other fees are not covered—helps solve a “core structural problem” for many Americans, he said.
We’re extremely proud to be a part of the solution that’s bringing digital payments to the world of SNAP. We think our co-founder and CEO, Ofek Lavian, said it best, “If we do our job right here at Forage, being able to accept EBT will be as ubiquitous for online grocery retail as accepting credit and debit cards. For more, check out the article here.
Forage is a mission-driven payments company that is helping merchants accept government benefits through a single, unified API. Today, over 42 million Americans receive government assistance (ex: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) to buy groceries. Starting with enabling EBT SNAP online, Forage builds the financial infrastructure empowering merchants of all shapes and sizes to serve these shoppers online.
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