(RightWingAmericans.Com)- Global online shopping platform Amazon has been approved by the Department of Agriculture to start accepting food stamps in seven states, allowing more people to use the online shopping platform to buy essential groceries online.
The move will likely be welcomed by many people who rely on food stamps and who want to avoid leaving their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it comes at a time when CEO Jeff Bezos is getting richer and richer. Bezos, the richest man in the world, increased by $6.4 billion in just one day last week when Amazon’s stock jumped more than 5%.
In one day!
A report from Fox Business explained how Amazon can accept foot stamp benefits thanks to a pilot program launched by the Department of Agriculture. It means recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can use the increasingly popular Amazon Fresh service to have fresh food delivered with free shipping. SNAP recipients also do not need to members of Amazon Prime to enjoy the benefit.
It is being rolled out in Washington, Oregon, New York, Nebraska, Iowa, Florida, and Alabama, with more states expected to start taking part soon. Given the direction of Amazon, and the future for online grocery delivery, it’s unlikely that it will take much longer for other states to get on board.
Amazon’s director of underserved populations (who would have thought that’s even a department, let alone a job!) Kristina Herrmann expressed the company’s delight in partnering with the Department of Agriculture on the program.
“Amazon enthusiastically volunteered to work with the USDA and participate in this landmark pilot because we believe in the goals of this program and its potential to significantly extend the value of SNAP benefits,” she said.
Amazon is currently embroiled in a scandal with its own workers. While the company is claiming to recognize “underserved populations,” it is about to experience a “mass call out” by its employees over working conditions. Amazon workers say that the company put them at risk of contracting COVID-19 and did not offer hazard pay for working in their warehouses during the pandemic.
Over 300 workers in 50 facilities signed up to take part in the protest organized by workers’ rights group “United for Respect.”