Can you purchase Pet Food with EBT card?

Our post today is going to address one of the most searched questions when it comes to items eligible to be purchased using EBT and food stamp benefits. Many food stamp recipients would like to know if benefits can used to purchase pet food at approved grocery stores.

If you are not familiar with the food stamp program and how it works, food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps eligible low-income individuals and households purchase food and groceries necessary to live a healthy life. Benefits are distributed to approved recipients on a monthly basis. Recipients can then use their benefits to purchase eligible food and grocery items. For a full list of items that can be purchased using your EBT card benefits, check out our post here.

Pet Food with EBT card

 Can you purchase Pet Food with EBT card for Food Stamps?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service pet food is not an approved item that can be purchased with EBT and food stamp benefits. The reason why you cannot purchase pet food with EBT is because it is not a food item. Only food items that promote health and nutrition of the food stamp recipient can be purchased with your EBT card.

Other items that are not eligible for purchase with EBT include alcoholic beverages, soap, paper products, household supplies, cleaning supplies, personal care products, vitamins, medicine and hot, prepared food. Items that can be purchased with your food stamp benefits include breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables, dairy, meats, fish and poultry.

We hope this post was helpful to you. If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding pet food and other items that can be purchased with your EBT card for Food Stamps, please leave it in the comments section below.

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