For Immediate Release

The Save Mart Companies is the First Northern California Conventional Grocer To Offer EBT SNAP Payments Through Instacart

Service Now Available at all FoodMaxx, Save Mart, Lucky California and Lucky Stores

Modesto, Calif. – April 29, 2021 – With Instacart’s announcement this morning of their expansion of EBT SNAP payment with three regional retailers in the US, The Save Mart Companies announced today that through its partnership with the online grocery platform, the company is the first conventional grocer in Northern California to offer electronic benefit transfer (EBT) payments, allowing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries to utilize Instacart’s same-day grocery delivery and pickup services.

“With an estimated 2.6 million households in California facing food insecurity and needing assistance, we are proud to be able to provide another way for our shoppers to meet their needs with the best value without compromising quality,” said Hal Levitt, senior vice president of retail operations and supply chain for The Save Mart Companies. “For our guests on extremely limited budgets, we want to offer solutions to purchase groceries in store and now online as well using their benefits and, in anticipation of the upcoming May 1 benefit card deposit, our guests can take advantage of this technology now, which is a welcome addition to our services.”

The service is active in all 203 Save Mart, Lucky California, Lucky, and FoodMaxx locations, providing SNAP participants access to the stores’ competitively priced products, nutritious foods and fresh produce sourced from local purveyors.

"Expanding EBT SNAP payment integrations on Instacart is incredibly important to us. Food insecurity in California has compounded over the past year, and we recognize the responsibility we have to increase access to same-day grocery delivery and pickup," said Chris Rogers, Vice President of Retail at Instacart. "We're proud to partner with The Save Mart Companies to bring even more options to Californians who rely on EBT SNAP."

To help subsidize costs for EBT SNAP participants, Instacart will waive delivery or pickup fees now through June 16, 2021, on up to the first three EBT SNAP orders for each customer with a valid EBT card associated with their Instacart account.

For more information on the new service and to order groceries online, shoppers can visit www.foodmaxx.com, www.luckysupermarkets.com and www.savemart.com.

About The Save Mart Companies (TSMC) The Save Mart Companies (TSMC) operates 203 stores throughout California and Northern Nevada under the banners Save Mart, Lucky California, Lucky, FoodMaxx, and MaxxValue Foods. In addition to its retail operation, TSMC also operates Smart Refrigerated Transport and is a partner in Super Store Industries (SSI), which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop and the Sunnyside Farms dairy processing plant in Turlock. For more information on the company, please visit: www.TheSaveMartCompanies.com.

About Save Mart With a storied legacy of agricultural expertise in the heart of the Central Valley, Save Mart stores are located in California and Northern Nevada and benefits from longstanding partnerships with local producers and purveyors who help ensure all 82 stores are stocked with fresh, competitively priced products every day.

About Lucky California and Lucky With 68 locations in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, Lucky California and Lucky provide guests with diverse and eclectic flavors of California and the Bay Area, while still offering exceptional value throughout the store.

About FoodMaxx The 53 FoodMaxx locations throughout the Bay Area and the Central Valley are proudly no-frills, bag-your-own-groceries, warehouse-style stores that thrive on consistently bringing customers the best deals in town on everything from staples to well-known brands and private-label products.

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