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Tuesday, February 01, 2022

吳弭和Daily Table 合作 SNAP/ EBT持有者現可網購

說明會進行時,有2位市民大聲嚷嚷的陳情,經吳弭和在場的波士頓市議員
Tania Fernandes Anderson  一起安撫了他們。(周菊子攝)

波士頓市長吳弭(Michelle Wu, 右起) 「每日桌」營運長Michael  Malmberg,洛士百利店
經理Rose Marsan 一起說明SNAP Online的網購及運送服務。(周菊子攝)
           (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓綜合報導) 波士頓市長吳弭 (Michelle Wu) (1)日親自到洛士百利 (Roxbury)的「每日桌(Daily Table)」採買,藉以宣傳波士頓市府斥資93000元,支持該機構第一個在麻州推出的食物券網購及運送服務(SNAP Online),希望幫助更多人更容易的獲取食物。

             吳弭指出,新冠病毒大流行加上大風雪,增加了許多居民,尤其是行動不便人士出門採買食物的困難,「每日桌」上星期開始辦理,讓使用「補充營養援助計畫(SNAP)」卡或 「電子福利轉帳卡(EBT)」的人,也可以向亞馬遜(Amazon)等大型超商的客戶一樣,享受到網購及送貨上門的便利。

             持用SNAPEBT卡者,還可經由波士頓市的「食物錢加倍(Double up Food Bucks)」計畫,以半價購買新鮮蔬菜及水果。

             「每日桌」指出,  凡是住在店鋪2英里方圓之內的人,都可以在網購之外,同時享有免費運送服務,其他人士可以網購。波士頓華埠大同村,堡壘村及公路村就位於「每日桌」洛士百利店的2英里之內距離。

波士頓市長吳弭 (Michelle Wu)現在不論到哪兒,都有抗議人士跟著。(周菊子攝)
             「每日桌」是北美留學生戲稱為「缺德舊(Trader Joe)」的創辦人Doug Rauch所辦的非牟利連鎖雜貨店,經營理念是為社區中有需要者提供新鮮,有營養食品。由於新冠病毒大流行以來,店鋪所在附近顧客大受打擊,失業率陡增,進店使用SNAPEBT卡人數大幅度增加,因此推出這網購及運送服務,希望這些顧客也能更方便的以廉宜價格獲得所需要的有營養食物。

Daily Table  的營運主任Jon Huntley。(周菊子攝)
                    「每日桌」從2015年在多徹斯特(Dorchester)的柯德門廣場(Codman Square)創辦第一家以來,2018年在洛士百利的Nubian廣場, 2021在劍橋市中央廣場,又陸續開了2家。該機構營運主任 Jon Huntley透露,他們正緊鑼密鼓,要在波士頓市麥特潘(Mattpan),麻州郊區塞冷鎮(Salem)再開2家新店。洛士百利分店內至少有600多種食品及雜貨,一個月約有7500人光顧。

                                  「每日桌」食物券網購活動的經費,主要來自美國援救計畫行動(ARPA)經由「食物主權及社區補助計畫」撥給麻州34個地方非牟利組織的220萬元。

               標榜以比其他超市價格廉宜30%的「每日桌」網址為https://dailytable.org/,可下載到手機上使用的應用程式網址https://apps.apple.com/us/app/daily-table/id1523959497。查詢詳情可洽波士頓市長的取得食物途徑辦公室(Office of Food Access),https://www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-double-food-bucks

MAYOR WU ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE GROCERY SHOPPING ACCESS FOR SNAP PARTICIPANTS 

Residents using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can order through Daily Table, a local grocery store chain
BOSTON - Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - Mayor Michelle Wu today announced SNAP participants can now use their EBT cards to make online grocery orders and receive grocery delivery from the Daily Table, a nonprofit food store with locations in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Cambridge. The Mayor’s Office of Food Access (OFA) provided Daily Table with $93,000 using American Rescue Plan funds to support the SNAP online initiative. The Mayor made the announcement while visiting Daily Table’s Roxbury store, interacting with customers and helping to fill online orders.

In a program that began last week, SNAP participants can now use their EBT cards to order groceries online for in-store pickup or delivery via Daily Table’s website or app. This service is ideal for those with mobility challenges, or families who prefer not to shop in-person during the ongoing pandemic. The delivery program is aligned with Mayor Wu's Food Justice Agenda to increase Boston residents' access to fresh, nutritious, affordable, and culturally relevant food.

“Expanding food access requires meeting residents where they are and making it easier for busy families to get nutritious, affordable meals,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and winter storms, not everyone has the ability to go into a store. I’m grateful to Daily Table for their partnership in ensuring that Boston’s residents, especially our seniors and those with health concerns, can use their SNAP benefits from the comfort of their own homes to access culturally appropriate food.”

“Our mission is to provide fresh, tasty, and nutritious food to communities most in need,” said Doug Rauch, Daily Table Founder and President. “Over the last two years, the communities we serve have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID pandemic with higher rates of unemployment and skyrocketing food insecurity. SNAP redemption levels in our stores have nearly doubled since the pandemic started. Enabling our customers using SNAP benefits to order free grocery delivery at the same low prices as in our stores democratizes access and empowers customers to get the healthy, affordable food they need and deserve.”  

Daily Table is one of the first grocery stores in Massachusetts to offer online SNAP benefits, and the only locally-owned, non-profit grocer in the program. All Daily Table customers, including those purchasing groceries with SNAP benefits, who live within a two-mile radius of any Daily Table location are eligible for free delivery. Anyone can shop at Daily Table, but the small business’ focus is on helping end food insecurity.

SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the largest federal nutrition assistance program. SNAP provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families via an Electronic Benefits Transfer card. Massachusetts first launched the SNAP online purchasing program in 2020. A full list of businesses in Massachusetts affiliated with the SNAP Online Purchasing Program can be found on the Commonwealth’s website

“The Office of Food Access is thrilled to work with Daily Table on ensuring all Boston's residents have access to healthy, nutritious foods,” said Hae-In Kim, Deputy Director of the Mayor's Office of Food Access. “This initiative as a whole will further the goals of the Community Grants Program - making healthy food more affordable and accessible to communities most impacted by food insecurity.”

Daily Table is 1 of 34 organizations that received American Rescue Plan funding through OFA as part of the Community Grants Program. The nonprofit grocery chain was awarded $93,000 for this online SNAP delivery program. The funding covers the following:

  • A portion of staff time to implement and manage SNAP online
  • Underwriting the costs of providing free ordering and delivery services to SNAP online customers 
  • Supporting creation and translation of SNAP online marketing materials, advertising, as well as photography/video costs
  • Connecting with community organizations who work with SNAP recipients

This program builds on the City’s efforts to expand food options for families using SNAP benefits. Boston’s Double Up Food Bucks program provides SNAP recipients with 50 percent off all fresh fruits and vegetables with their EBT card. Double Up Food Bucks incentivizes SNAP customers to purchase nutritious, locally-sourced items while supporting Boston’s small businesses. A list of participating grocery stores and other food justice initiatives can be found on OFA’s website. SNAP online does not pair with the Double Up Food Bucks program.

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