Starting in 2024, Uber Eats will be eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for the delivery of groceries.
In a blog post released on Wednesday, Uber announced that individuals can utilize their SNAP benefits through the Uber Eats application.
“We know that online food delivery can have a meaningful impact in reducing barriers to fresh groceries, especially for the most vulnerable–including people living in food deserts, seniors, and those facing disabilities or transportation barriers. Helping to improve access to quality food is incredibly important to our work at Uber and we’re proud to use Uber’s technology and extensive local delivery networks to offer SNAP recipients the ability to use their benefits to access fresh groceries conveniently from our app in 2024,” the company said.
Additionally, the company revealed its collaboration with specific healthcare plans to expand the array of payment options available for grocery orders.
“We are working with Managed Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans to support benefits that help members stay healthy, like accepting FSA Cards, Flex Cards, and relevant waiver payments on Uber,” the post added. “Select payment methods will be ready in 2024. This is yet another way we are simplifying how people can access healthy foods and connect with their local grocers in new ways.”
Uber has also disclosed that a forthcoming “AI assistant” will be accessible to customers later this year.
“Discover and order anything with ease with the launch of a new AI-powered conversational shopping experience. Later this year, consumers can chat with the AI assistant to explore new dishes and cuisines, find deals on popular restaurants, and easily reorder favorite meals to help save money and time. Soon, AI assistant will also make it easy for consumers to meal plan, find sales on grocery items, and quickly order ingredients for their favorite recipes while sticking to a budget,” the post states.