NEW GRANTS AVAILABLE TO ASSIST RETAILERS WITH WIRELESS POINT OF SALE EQUIPMENT –  Allowing Curbside Pickup with EBT Cards

To make it easier for Minnesotans on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program to purchase groceries via curbside pickup or delivery, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Minnesota Grocers Association (MGA), will issue grants to eligible convenience store retailers for point-of-sale (POS) equipment that can accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. Retailers can apply for this reimbursement grant through December 30, 2020.

The Grocery Store Point of Sale Expansion Grant provides financial support to SNAP retailers for the purchase of a wireless POS machine to process EBT via curbside or delivery. The wireless POS equipment will offer an alternative to going into stores to make EBT purchases, enabling additional socially distanced access points for SNAP recipients. SNAP retailers may receive up to $500 per location authorized to process SNAP transactions for money spent purchasing and integrating the wireless POS equipment.

Submit the grant application by mail, email, fax, or online here. Submit copies of receipts for purchase and integration for a wireless point-of- sale machine. Note: Due to timing of the grant, purchase orders are eligible submissions.

See here for more details about the grant, FAQ’s and the application.