State health authorities are making it possible for New Mexico residents to spend food stamp benefits to purchase food online and reduce the risk of novel coronavirus transmission associated with local shopping trips.

The Human Services Department announced Wednesday in a news release that money from the federally subsidized Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can be used for online food purchases at Walmart and Amazon using electronic benefit transfer cards.

Human Services Department Deputy Secretary Angela Medrano said in a statement that online purchases mean more New Mexico resident can stay home and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the state's application for online purchasing authorization earlier this month.

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