Food Stamp List of Approved Items

If you are currently receiving food stamps or are applying for food stamps, it’s important to become familiar with what you can and cannot buy using your EBT Card. There is a food stamp list of approved items that is created by the United States Department of Agriculture that shows what you are allowed to buy with your food stamps. Using your EBT card to buy food that is not on the approved list can get you in serious trouble, including possible jail time if you are caught and prosecuted. In this article, we will walk you through the food stamp list and what you can and cannot buy using your food stamps card. To begin, we are going to first address what you CANNOT buy with your EBT card:

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What you CANNOT buy with Food Stamps

The items listed below are prohibited from being purchased using your food stamps money:

Alcohol
Cigarettes
Lottery tickets
Pet food
Toiletries
Vitamins
Medicine
Foods that will be eaten in the store
Hot foods

We have received questions about other products that people want to know about and have answered those questions in this article, including questions about Diapers, Energy Drinks, Coffee, Sea Food, Steak, Deli food and more.

Eligible Food Stamp List

You can use your card to buy foods you are going to take home to prepare and eat. This includes:

Breads and Cereals
Fruits and Vegetables
Meats, Fish and Poultry
Dairy Products.
Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

How to Stretch your EBT Money

Lots of our readers complain about how much they run out of food stamps money before the month is over and how sometimes, the money does not even make it to the middle of the month. If you are one of those people, there is something you can do about it. The video below shows how one food stamps recipient has found great ways to stretch her EBT dollars for her family by shopping smart and knowing what to buy and which brands to focus on. Watch the video below to learn her secrets to stretching her food stamps dollars.

Here is a list of other articles about food stamps you may be interested in. Some of them are answers to questions from our readers:

List of Grocery Stores that Accept EBT
Does Whole Foods Accept EBT Food Stamps?
Can you Buy Pet Food with Food Stamps
Can You Use Food Stamps on Amazon?

We hope you found this Food Stamp List of Approved Items article helpful. Remember that food stamp is about helping you buy food you can prepare at home for you and your family. The United States Department of Agriculture, which manages the program always likes to stress that the program is about helping people in need of food assistance purchase nutritious food.

When in doubt about whether a particular item is approved or not, remember to ask yourself if this food item is to be taken home and prepared or is it already prepared and ready to be eaten. If you have any questions about shipping at whole foods with EBT or WIC or any questions about food stamps in general, please tell us in the comments section below.

List of Eligible Food Stamp Items

If you are currently receiving SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps) and want to know what foods you can buy with your EBT card, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we are going to provide the list of eligible food stamp items you can buy with the EBT card. The key point to remember is that the SNAP benefits program is aimed at providing nutritious foods to eligible low-income persons and families. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which manages the program has strict guidelines to make sure that the money is being spent to buy nutritious foods.

You will find below the list of foods you can buy with your EBT/Food Stamp Card. For your convenience, we have also included below the top 5 articles on where you can use your EBT card that our readers love the most.

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As a general rule, you can use SNAP food stamps to buy any food item except food that is hot when sold, or food that is sold to be eaten in the store like restaurant food. Eligible food items include:

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You can buy snacks, but there are stick guidelines regarding junk foods as outlined by the USDA below:

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As you can see from the USDA list above, the following foods are allowed:

  • any food products or ingredients used to prepare meals at home
  • cold prepared sandwiches, salads, and other deli items
  • ethnic and health foods
  • snack foods, candy, soda, and ice

You can also use your EBT card to buy seeds or plants that you intend to grow to produce food for for your household consumption.

It’s also clear from the list that there are certain items you CANNOT buy with the EBT card. It is important that you pay close attention to this list, as violating the rules, or conspiring with another person to violate any of the rules constitutes Food Stamp Fraud and could land you in big trouble with the government, including possible jail time.

If you don’t think food stamp fraud could land you in jail, see the stories below – all happening in August and September 2013 alone:

Raleigh police make arrest in alleged food stamps for tattoos fraud

Shakopee Man Ordered to Pay Back Nearly $30,000 for Food Stamp Fraud

Over $600,000 seized in Phoenix food-stamp fraud probe

That’s pretty much the List of Eligible Food Stamp Items you can buy with your EBT Card. If you stay within these guidelines, you will be within the law.