Discounted grocery delivery programs offer convenience and savings to people disabled by electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

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an elderly woman wearing a mask receives a paper bag filled with groceries from a delivery driver.

Life after ECT is often full of practical challenges for those disabled by the treatment. These often include financial strain due to the inability to work and trouble with essential everyday activities like shopping.  

Shopping can be hard if you can’t drive to the store, make a list, or figure out how much things cost.

People disabled by ECT may have trouble going to busy stores because they can no longer drive and may struggle with vision, communication, and memory problems. These limitations can limit personal autonomy.

Grocery Delivery

One way to avoid these issues is to use grocery delivery services. This allows you to avoid driving and navigating through busy stores. You can easily reorder your regular groceries and prescriptions through your phone or computer desktop.

Ordering online also helps those who struggle with basic math because the total is calculated for you.

Barriers to these services

Grocery delivery subscription fees can be a barrier to those on limited incomes; however, recently, Walmart+ and Amazon Prime have introduced programs designed to help individuals on government assistance programs save money by reducing enrollment costs by half!  

How to Enroll In These Programs 

Walmart+ Assist 

To sign up for Walmart+ Assist, visit the Walmart+ Assist landing page. If you already have an account, you can switch directly to the new program. If you don’t have an account, you can create one. 

To verify your eligibility, you will need to provide proof that you are enrolled in government assistance programs listed by Walmart.

Amazon Prime

Amazon offers a discounted membership to people who receive EBT and other forms of government assistance. 

To sign up for the discount, visit their sign-up page and provide proof you are on a valid government support program.

Helpful tip: If you have already paid for a regular Prime membership, check your account for a refund. If you haven’t received a refund, contact customer service and let them know you enrolled in the new program and need a refund for the difference.


Many people who become disabled from ECT may struggle with low-income and daily tasks like grocery shopping. Fortunately, there are programs that can help us maintain personal autonomy, meet our basic needs, and save money. 

Find more tips

For more financial aid resources, please visit Benzo Coalition’s extensive resource page that covers everything from getting on disability to student loan forgiveness.


  • Shopping can be difficult for people disabled by ECT.
  • Grocery delivery services can help but may be too expensive for people with limited or no income.
  • Walmart and Amazon offer discount programs for those who receive government assistance.
  • If you are already receiving public assistance, you can apply for these programs right away.
  • If you need to apply for government assistance, visit the Benzo Coalition financial aid resources page to find out how.
  • If you need help filling out forms and don’t have family or a social worker who can help you, your local Department of Health and Welfare may have ways to help you apply for government services. Another option is your local library. Many librarians can help you navigate government websites.


Anna is a childhood psychiatric drug and a teenage electroshock survivor. She founded Life After ECT to ensure people injured by electroconvulsive therapy have easy access to resources that can help them understand their injuries and find a path to recovery.