New Amazon Prime Membership for Low-Income Shoppers
Amazon, the online retail giant, is offering a new membership designed to help those who are living on government assistance. Previously, Amazon offered Prime membership for $99 a year. With Prime, members could receive free two day shipping and unlimited streaming of movies and television shows.
For those who have a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer card for programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs or food stamps, Amazon is offering a $5.99/month Prime Membership. In doing so, Amazon wanted to make its savings available to those who could not afford the benefits of Prime. Greg Greeley, Vice President of Amazon, stated, “We designed this membership option for customers receiving government assistance to make our everyday selection and savings more accessible, including the many conveniences and entertainment benefits of Prime.” Amazon has said that it is working on ways to include other government-assisted programs that do not utilize EBT cards.
This offer could tremendously help our clients who are receiving Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income. An Amazon Prime membership can provide much needed discounts on everyday items. It also will tremendously help those with disabilities who lack access to transportation and the ability to physically go shopping for groceries. Amazon Prime will now provide a way for these necessities to be shipped to low-income customers’ front door. Sadly, far too often we see clients who have to choose between medicine and food. Hopefully, this step by Amazon will ease some of that burden and that more companies will follow its lead!
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