What Can SNAP Buy?
Any food for the household, such as:
- Fruits and vegetables;
- Meat, poultry, and fish;
- Dairy products;
- Breads and cereals;
- Other foods such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages; and
- Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat.
Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:
- Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
- Vitamins, medicines, and supplements. If an item has a Supplement Facts label, it is considered a supplement and is not eligible for SNAP purchase.
- Live animals (except shellfish, fish removed from water, and animals slaughtered prior to pick-up from the store).
- Prepared Foods fit for immediate consumption
- Hot foods
- Any nonfood items such as:
- Pet foods
- Cleaning supplies, paper products, and other household supplies.
- Hygiene items, cosmetics
Retailer Eligibility Resources
USDA Ask the Expert System
If you have a question about the eligibility of product for purchase using SNAP benefits, read answers to popular questions in the USDA Ask the Expert system.
- Email your question to: RPMDHQ-WEB@fns.usda.gov.
- Mail your question, and include product packages or sample which may be helpful to FNS, to:
Chief, Retailer Management and Issuance Branch
Retailer Policy and Management Division
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 404
Alexandria, VA 22302