Amazon has announced that customers enrolled in several different government assistance programs can now get Prime subscriptions for $6 per month. Right now, the offer is limited to those with a valid EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, but the company has plans to extend the benefits to assistance programs that don’t use EBT in the future.
What this translates to is that the price is almost half of a standard monthly Amazon Prime subscription and it is nearly a 25 percent discount off of the standard yearly membership cost. Customers on government assistance have to love this news.
It comes with all of the usual Prime perks including free two-day shipping, Prime Video, Prime Music and Twitch Prime. Just the price is different.
This discounted Prime offer comes after an announcement earlier this year about a pilot program allowing AmazonFresh and other online grocery stores to extend their services to Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollees. Since a Prime membership is now required for AmazonFresh, the new program could allow more SNAP users to take advantage of the grocery delivery service. This should add some extra money into Amazon’s pockets. If you have an EBT card, you can enroll now and subscriptions can be renewed yearly up to four times.