Only Accept SNAP Benefits for Allowable Items
SNAP Retailer Rules
SNAP customers must use their SNAP EBT benefits to buy SNAP eligible foods or drinks.
Do not accept SNAP benefits for any product with a Supplement Facts Label.
Do not accept SNAP benefits for any Non-Food Items, Hot Foods or Alcoholic Beverages.
Even if a customer says it is an emergency, or they do not have other money to pay for it, do not accept SNAP benefits for items that are not allowed, including:
If you scan items through an integrated cash register system, be sure to share this information with any company you use to manage your product codes. It is your responsibility to make sure the system is programmed correctly to accept SNAP benefits for allowable items only.
As the owner, you are responsible for training everyone who works for you. You can use these training materials to learn about SNAP rules.
If you sell items that are not allowed, your store may be disqualified from SNAP and you may have to pay a fine. Your store may also be disqualified from WIC if you break SNAP rules.
If you have questions, please contact the Food and Nutrition Service, SNAP, at RPMDHQ-Web@fns.usda.gov.
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SNAP Retailer Notice - October 2021