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Food stamps: What can I buy with my SNAP benefits?

Millions of Americans are sent money for food stamps each month, but what exactly are they allowed to buy with it?

grocery cart in an aisle filled with eligible food stamp SNAP benefit items

The food stamp program is also known as SNAP benefits, and the amount Americans can receive went up permanently in Oct.

This means individuals will see around $36 more per person in a household in 2022.

Funds are loaded once per month directly onto an EBT card, which works similarly to a debit card.

Participating grocery stores accept the cards.


SNAP benefits explained

What you can purchase with food stamps

  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Dairy
  • Seeds or plants that produce food
  • Bottled water
  • Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Baby food


What you can not purchase with food stamps

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Non-food items like pet food, toilet paper, soap, etc.
  • Vitamins
  • Medicine
  • Hot and/or prepared foods
  • Hygiene items


Meal delivery subscriptions and SNAP benefits

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.

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