What Can Be Bought with Food Stamp Benefits?

Food stamp benefits can be used to buy most food or food products intended for human consumption. Items which may not be purchased with food stamps include alcoholic beverages, tobacco, hot food and hot food products that are prepared to be eaten immediately. Individuals who receive food stamp benefits may not sell or trade food stamp benefits, buy non-food items or use food stamp benefits to buy food for someone who is not a member of the household.

Note: This is only basic information. An accurate determination of eligibility for food stamps requires an application be filed and an interview be conducted regarding each household’s specific situation. Contact your local county department of job and family services.

Federal Law

In accordance with Federal law and the policy of the United States Department of Agriculture, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to:
USDA, Director
Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W
Whitten Building
1400 Independence Avenue
SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Or call: 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD).

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.