Can I buy Energy Drinks with EBT Card?

In this post, we are going to answer the question: “Can I buy Energy Drinks with EBT Card? You can view the detailed answer to the question below. However, just like with the previous posts in this series, we first like to discuss the complete list of food stamps items, so you are aware of what you can and cannot buy with your EBT Card so you are properly informed about what your SNAP benefits allow you to purchase. Here are the topics we have specifically covered so far:

Can you buy food from a Deli with your SNAP EBT Card?
Can you buy baby formula with your SNAP EBT Card?
Can you purchase coffee with your SNAP EBT Card?

First, here is the list of items you can buy with your EBT Card:

"Can I buy Energy Drinks with EBT Card"

The list above is set by the United States Department of Agriculture, which administers the program. You are only allowed to buy food items you can take home to prepare. However, when it comes to energy drinks, the department of agriculture has specific rules about what kind of energy drink you can buy.

Can I buy Energy Drinks with EBT Card?

It pretty much boils down to what is listed on the label on the can of the energy drink you are trying to purchase. If the can has “Nutrition Facts” on it, then you are allowed to buy it with your EBT Card. If the can says “Supplement Facts”, then you CANNOT buy it with your EBT Card.

"Can I buy Energy Drinks with EBT Card"

As you can see, there is a clear distinction between how they are labeled. The reason for the difference is that your EBT Card is supposed to be used to buy nutritious foods, and not supplements, therefore anything in the supplements category is prohibited. Using your card to buy foods that are not on the list could land you in jail.

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