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Food stamps: Where can I use by EBT card?

Millions of Americans benefit from food stamps each month, which are loaded onto an EBT card to use like a debit card at stores.

produce section of a grocery store where food stamp eligible items can be purchased with an ebt card

Food stamps are the old name for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP benefits.

The benefits are loaded onto the EBT card each month for families to use at participating retailers.

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Where can I use my food stamps and EBT card?

You can visit the website for your state’s EBT cards to see where you can use your benefits.

Major retailers like Walmart, and recently Amazon, have started accepting this form of payment.

Click here to see where exactly you can make purchases based on where you live.


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A complete list of what you can buy with food stamps

  • Fresh, canned, dried or frozen fruits
  • Fresh, dehydrated or frozen vegetables
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Red or white meat
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Pasta
  • Nuts
  • Fish
  • Cereals
  • Bread
  • Any ingredients used in cooking, such as salt or spices
  • Baby formula
  • Diabetic food
  • Seeds to plant vegetables or fruits
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Ice cream
  • Cookies
  • Cereal bars
  • Water
  • Juices
  • Compotes
  • Pretzels
  • Jelly
  • Sugar, honey and other sweeteners
  • Vegetable oils
  • Sauces, such as mayonnaise or ketchup
  • Cooking extracts, such as vanilla essence
  • Cooking wine
  • Yeast or baking powder
  • Birthday cakes
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