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Saving with $am: Amazon takes food stamps

Posted at 6:35 AM, Jan 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 08:38:10-05

Amazon has started accepting food stamps for food purchases.

As Good Morning Tucson anchor Samantha Cortese reports, online retailer is joining a two-year pilot program to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds.

The goal is to make healthy food available to those who might not have access otherwise.

The USDA is supporting the program, saying it will provide healthy options to those who don't often have the ability to shop around.

Amazon's grocery delivery service, AmazonFresh, started service in select cities years ago. 

Food stamps can only be used on items such as veggies and meat.

The program could arrive in Arizona by summer if it's successful in the test markets.

One way to save money on AmazonFresh is to select delayed delivery.