Millions of Americans are sent money for food stamps each month, but what exactly are they allowed to buy with it?
The food stamp program is also known as SNAP benefits, and the amount Americans can receive went up permanently in Oct.
Funds are loaded once per month directly onto an EBT card, which works similarly to a debit card.
Participating grocery stores accept the cards.
What you can purchase with food stamps
- Seeds or plants that produce food
- Bottled water
- Non-alcoholic drinks
- Baby food
What you can not purchase with food stamps
- Non-food items like pet food, toilet paper, soap, etc.
- Hot and/or prepared foods
- Hygiene items
Who can get these benefits?
If your gross income is up to 130% of the federal poverty line, you will probably qualify for food stamps.
A single person household normally needs to be at or below an income of $12,880.
A family of 4 must be at or below $34,452 for annual income.
You may apply in whatever state you reside in.
If approved, you should see your EBT card within 30 days of applying.