Online grocers could help solve that problem. Seventy-four percent of people living below the poverty line (over 33 million people) have access to the internet, whereas only 30 percent have access to a car. One in seven Americans is on food stamps—and they need to be able to use them online.
That's why Thrive Market, an affordable online grocer that just raised $111 million, has launched a petition to push the USDA to allow people to use their food stamps online.
The company was founded in 2014 by Gunnar Lovelace, who grew up in a food-unstable household and decided that access to nutritious, sustainable food should be a right, not a privilege. Thrive Market customers pay $60 a year to be able to buy organic food at a wholesale price. Think of it as a an online Costco for the health-conscious. And for every membership sold, Thrive donates a membership to a low-income American family.
Gunnar told The New York Times that they've been in talks with the USDA for over a year and a half on this issue, but have made no progress.
"We know they’re going to do this eventually, but we want to show the support there is for making this happen and happen quickly," he said. Hunger is real and it is urgent.
If you want to make it happen quickly, too, you can sign their petition here.