What You Can Buy with SNAP

Households CAN use SNAP to buy unprepared food. 

Food for the household to eat, such as: 

  • Breads and cereals
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meats, fish and poultry
  • Dairy products 
  • Plants and seeds to grow food  

What You Cannot Buy with SNAP 

Households CANNOT use SNAP to buy: 

  • Prepared items (hot foods and food that can be eaten in the store)
  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
  • Nonfood items: 
    -Pet food
    -Paper products
    -Cleaning supplies
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Personal hygiene items, such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, cosmetics

Avoid SNAP Trafficking 

Trading or selling your SNAP benefits or your EBT card for cash, non-eligible items, or services is known as "trafficking" and is illegal. 

Selling or trading your SNAP benefits or the EBT card could result in the loss of your benefits and criminal penalties. 

  • Do not sell or trade your EBT card
  • Do not purchase or trade ineligible items using SNAP benefits. 
  • Do not trade services for SNAP benefits. 
  • Do not sell food items purchased with SNAP.