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.

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"Can you Buy Pet Food with EBT Card for Food Stamps?"

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.

"buy pet food with food stamps"

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.



One comment

  • Maria

    I think that they should make it to where you can buy pet food with your ebt card. There is alot of homeless animals out there backseat of people not being able to afford pet food for there animals. But if America wants to help in stop all the homeless cats and dogs that are on Maryland streets then they should pass it to where you can buy food for your pets on your ebt card so that way it will help with less animals being thrown on the streets because of them not having the money to feed the animals…