Can you Buy Pet Food with EBT Card for Food Stamps

Can you buy pet food or dog food with your Food Stamps or EBT Card? The food stamps program is designed to get people who need food assistance the help they need to buy nutritious food for their household. Based on your income level and the total income for your entire household, they determine what your food stamps amount should be. To apply for food stamps in your state, see our post on SNAP Benefit Application Process.

Can you Buy Pet Food with EBT Card

To answer the question, let’s look at the list of eligible items you are allowed to buy with your SNAP benefits card.

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As you can see, it says that you cannot buy pet food with EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP Benefits. This is directly from the USDA Website so there is no doubt about where that information is coming from. If you attempt to use your card to buy pet or dog food, you will be violating the law – which could land you in jail. You are only allowed to use it for foods that are approved on the list above, which mainly include nutritious food that you absolutely need to maintain a healthy family. If you have questions about this, tell us in the comments section below.

 

 

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Does CVS Accept EBT Card for Food Stamps

We got questions about whether Walgreens accepts Food Stamps or SNAP Benefits Card and we did a a post on the topic. We figured we might as well do the same for CVS Pharmacy, which is the second largest pharmacy chain in the United States after Walgreens. They have more than 7,600 stores. While Walgreen accepts Food Stamps at select stores, and you have to call to find out which one, CVS accepts them at all their stores and that is stated clearly on their website. Here it is:

Does CVS Accept EBT Card

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As you can see, they do. Now, the question is what can you buy there with your SNAP benefits card. Remember that you cannot buy hot prepared foods, paper products, alcohol, household items, cigarettes, pet food and other non-food items. If you are not sure what you are allowed to buy with your SNAP EBT Card, click here to see the list. We have also posted it below for your convenience. A simple way to look at this from the government perspective is that food stamps are to help you get essential foods that you need. And that is food you have to get and prepare at home. They are not going to give you money to buy fast food or junk food.

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Click here to apply for food stamps in your state.

 

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Does Walgreens Accept EBT Card for Food Stamps

We get questions about whether Walgreens accepts EBT Cards (Food Stamps or SNAP Benefit cards). We are not surprised because Walgreens is the largest drugstore in the U.S, with over 8,200 company operated stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands. Based on the EBT Card food list, or the items you are allowed to buy with food stamps, there is very limited choice of things you can buy with your card at a drug store, versus say a farmers market or grocery store/supermarket. But since we keep getting the questions, we figured it must be because Walgreens has so many locations and are even in areas where there are not traditional grocery or supermarkets. Here is the answer we found when we looked into the question:

Does Walgreens Accept EBT Card

When we searched their website for an answer, this is what we found:

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As you can see, they want you to call the store. To find the store nearest to you, see the store locator. If you are not sure about what you can buy with your card, here is a list of items that are allowed:

Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Foods for the household to eat, such as:
  • breads and cereals;
  • fruits and vegetables;
  • meats, fish and poultry; and
  • dairy products.
  • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Any nonfood items, such as:
  • pet foods
  • soaps, paper products
  • household supplies
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot foods

Unless your Walgreens sells fresh produce, there are very limited things you can buy. You can probably only get bread and cereal and dairy products. As you can also see, you cannot buy pet food, soap, household suppliers etc. That’s why you are probably best off using your EBT Card at a grocery store where you have a wide variety of items you can buy that are allowed under the list we provided. If you don’t have transportation and can only shop at convenience stores and pharmacies, maybe you should look into farmers markets in your area.

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www.compass.state.pa.us renew your benefits

If you have a PA Compass benefits account and you would like to learn how to renew your benefits, we can help you with that information.

The first step is to log into your Compass account. Remember that Compass is the fast and easy way to apply for government benefits and assistance in Pennsylvania. For the application process, click here. You can also go here for relevant forms for applying for benefits. If you have already applied, click here to renew your benefits. When you get to the website, look for the “Renew your Benefits” as shown in the image displayed below. You will find it below the “Returning Users” section:

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Once you get to that page, you may be presented with a page that shows browser information that you need. If you have the browser version they are looking for, then click “continue” at the bottom of the page. You will get to a page that allows you to renew benefits for different needs. You can only renew one at a time and depending on which one you pick, you will need unique identification, like Social Security Number or local ID. Here are the 4 programs you can renew on the site:

1. Department of Public Welfare Benefit(s): Medical Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps) Benefits, Cash Assistance, Home and Community Based Services Waiver, Long Term Care, or Select Plan for Women

2. Pennsylvania Insurance Department Benefit(s): Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

3. Department of Public Welfare Benefit:  Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Redetermination

4. Apply for LIHEAP (Using your COMPASS Registration Number).

You will need to provide the information required before you can proceed. For example look at the renewal information below that is required for the CHIP program:

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As you can see, they want you to enter the required information before you are able to sign into your account.

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Does Sam’s Club Accept EBT Card for Food Stamps

A common question among many EBT cardholders is whether or not you can redeem your SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits at Sam’s Club. Sam’s Club is an American chain of membership-only retail warehouse clubs owned by Walmart. Sam’s Club is the preferred shopping destination for buying a large quantity of items at a discounted price. This is ideal for those EBT cardholders with large families. Sam’s Club warehouse clubs currently reside in 47 U.S. states with 610 different locations.

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Does Sam’s Club accept EBT Cards?

Yes, Sam’s Club currently accepts EBT cards at all club locations; however, you must be a Member to purchase items in-club without incurring a service fee. Sam’s Club warehouse clubs carry a large variety of food stamp approved items for SNAP benefit redemption.

For information on the SNAP card, visit www.fns.usda.gov/snap

For information on applying for SNAP benefits, call 800-221-5689

 

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Does Sam’s Club Accept EBT Card

 

Before going to your local Sam’s Club to redeem your SNAP benefits, we advise that you call your local Club to confirm that they do in fact accept EBT cards as a form of payment. You do not want to show up and find that you will not be able to redeem your SNAP benefits at that location. Please make a note that products carried at Sam’s Club warehouse clubs do not qualify for the WIC program.

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What Your Store Needs to Accept Food Stamps

To accept SNAP benefits (Food Stamps) at your business or store location, you have to meet eligibility criteria set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The main thing you have to look out for is to make sure your store is selling the kind of food that is approved under the program. It is important that you follow this rule because committing EBT Card fraud can land you in jail for a long time. Here is what you need to sell at your store to be eligible to accept SNAP Cards:

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As you can see, they are very specific about the criteria and you should make sure you are in one of the two categories before you apply. To apply to accept food stamps at your store location, you have to follow a 3 step process, which we have outline in detail in our post. Click on the link to the post in the top menu above under “Accept Food Stamps”.

You should know that food stamps fraud is growing and the government is going after retailers that help people commit SNAP card fraud. So, if you are approved for the program, make sure your employees are all properly trained to handle sales from the program, because any illegal activities undertaken by your employees all fall on you. You do not want to end up like the store owner in the video above who got arrested for helping people commit fraud with their food assistance card that were given to them to help them buy nutritious food.

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