What You Can Buy with Food SNAP Benefits

Things You Can Buy With SNAP Benefits 

Households can use SNAP benefits to buy to grow food for your household to eat:

  • Fruits and vegetables;
  • Meat, poultry, and fish
  • Dairy products
  • Loaves of bread and cereals
  • Other foods such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat

Things You CANNOT Buy With SNAP Benefits 

Households cannot use SNAP benefits to buy nonfood items such as:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
  • Vitamins, medicines, and supplements.
    • If an item has a Supplement Facts label, it is considered a supplement and is not eligible for SNAP purchase.
  • Live animals (except shellfish, fish removed from the water, and animals slaughtered prior to pick-up from the store).
  • Prepared Foods fit for immediate consumption
  • Hot foods
  • Any nonfood items such as Pet foods Cleaning supplies, paper products, and other household supplies, hygiene items, cosmetics

Here’s an infographic that you can download to your computer so that you can remember what you can buy with your SNAP benefits

Image Source: Just Harvest