Use your Link Card to Order Groceries Online

You can now use your LINK benefits to pay for groceries from the comfort of your home. You can even have them shipped to your front door!

NOTE: As of 6/10/20, it appears that Amazon online grocery ordering with Link is working! Please email us at northwestfoodpartners@gmail.com if you encounter any issues.

You can now use Link (SNAP) benefits to pay for groceries from the comfort of your home. You can even have them shipped to your front door!

Availability

As of June 3rd 2020, in Illinois, you can only use your Link benefits to order groceries online from Amazon or Walmart.

  •  Amazon offers shipping to your door.
  • Walmart only offers store pickup.

You do not need a credit card to order groceries with your Link card.


How to Order Groceries from Amazon

  1. Log In: Go to amazon.com to log in or create an Amazon account.
  2. Add Link Card: Go to amazon.com/snap-ebt to add your Link card to your payment options.
  3. Add Eligible Groceries: Go to amazon.com/snap-ebt and click on one of the circled links below to view and choose groceries that are eligible to buy with your Link card.
  4. Checkout: Click “Proceed to Checkout” to select your shipping address and finish your order. If you meet the free shipping order minimum, you will not need a credit card.

How to Order Groceries from Walmart

  1. Order: Order groceries at walmart.com/grocery or on the Walmart Grocery mobile app.
  2. Checkout: During checkout, select “EBT Card” as payment method.
  3. Pickup: Swipe your Link card with the Walmart associate when you arrive at the pickup location.

Please download the flyer below and share with your community!

Applying for SNAP During the COVID-19 Crisis

We’ve created a Spanish and English flyer detailing how you can apply for SNAP during COVID-19.

Due to COVID-19, there are resources to help with applications for SNAP benefits over the phone or the web. Click below to view, download, and print our flyer on how to apply for SNAP during COVID-19. The flyer has help in both English and Spanish.

You can quickly check if you qualify for SNAP at apply.mrelief.com/screener.


Here are the contents of the flyer:

As of April 16th, IDHS Family Community Resource Centers (FCRCs) are closed for in-person visits.

You can still apply for SNAP benefits through IDHS by going to abe.illinois.gov or calling (800) 843 6154. Certain community organizations can also help you apply for SNAP over the phone.

Organizations that can Help You Apply for SNAP Benefits

Catholic Charities – Family Stabilization Services Department

  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Phone: (312) 655-7500
  • catholiccharities.net
  • Other Benefits Help: Medicaid, Medicare, financial assistance

Chicago Public Schools – Health and Wellness

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Legal Aid Chicago

  • Languages: English, Spanish
    • Interpreters available for any other language
  • Phone: (312) 341-1070
  • When: Monday – Friday starting at 8am
  • legalaidchicago.org/get-help/
  • Other Benefits Help: Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, TANF

Illinois Department of Human Services

  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Phone: 1 (833) 2-FIND-HELP (1-833-234-6343) or 1-800-843-6154
  • When: Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm
  • ABE.Illinois.gov

Illinois Hunger Coalition

  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Phone: 1 (800) 359-2163
  • When: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
  • www.ilhunger.org
  • Can help with SNAP application denials
  • Other Benefits Help: WIC, LIHEAP, child care, housing assistance, senior nutrition and help, Meals on Wheels

You can quickly check if you qualify for SNAP at apply.mrelief.com/screener.

Other Important SNAP Updates:

  • If your SNAP benefits were scheduled to be recertified in March, April, or May, you are automatically receiving a six (6) month extension. You will not have to recertify until September, October, or November.
  • Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) are exempt from work requirements until the month following the end of the federally declared emergency. Working is not required to keep SNAP benefits.
  • If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum SNAP benefit for your household size, you will get a supplemental SNAP benefit for April and May.
  • Pandemic EBT will be paid to families with school-aged children in April and May, regardless of immigration status. Families on SNAP will receive this money automatically. Others should submit an application through abe.illinois.gov.

For more details and SNAP updates, go to link.nfpnchicago.org/covid-19-snap

Can’t find assistance? We might be able to help. link.nfpnchicago.org/assistance

Need help with P-EBT, SNAP, Medicaid, or Cash Assistance?

Legal Aid Chicago has created a helpline to get assist you with applying for Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) benefits.

Legal Aid Chicago has created a helpline to assist you with applying for Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) benefits. This includes SNAP (food assistance), Medicaid (health coverage), and Cash Assistance (for families and for the aged, blind, or disabled).

The public charge test does not consider receipt of P-EBT benefits. Using P-EBT benefits will not impact a parent or child’s immigration status.

UPDATE: Legal Aid Chicago’s helpline call also help you apply for P-EBT! For more information about this cash benefit for households with school-aged children, click here.

Continue reading “Need help with P-EBT, SNAP, Medicaid, or Cash Assistance?”

IDHS Emergency SNAP Allotments

If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum SNAP for your household, you will get a supplemental benefit up to the maximum SNAP grant for April and May 2020.

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is issuing emergency SNAP (LINK) supplements to more than 450,000 SNAP households to help buy food during the pandemic crisis. Congress approved special SNAP supplemental benefits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum SNAP for your household, you will get a supplemental benefit up to the maximum SNAP grant for April and May 2020. If you already get the maximum SNAP benefit, you will not receive additional SNAP benefits.

Please see the flyer from IDHS below for more information.