What Can I Buy With My EBT

With your EBT card, you can purchase certain food items that are considered essential for a healthy diet.

1. Eligible Food Items

Here are some items you can purchase with your EBT card:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, poultry, and fish
  • Dairy products
  • Grains like bread and pasta
  • Snack foods like chips and cookies
  • Non-alcoholic beverages

2. Ineligible Items

There are some items that you cannot buy with your EBT card, including:

  • Alcohol and tobacco products
  • Household items like cleaning supplies
  • Hot food items
  • Non-food items like pet food

3. Farmer’s Markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

You can use your EBT card to purchase fresh produce at farmer’s markets or through a CSA program. Many markets and CSAs now accept EBT as a form of payment, making it easier for you to access fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

4. Online Purchases

Some states allow EBT cards to be used for online purchases at select retailers. This can be especially convenient if you are unable to travel to a physical store. Check with your state’s EBT program to see if online purchases are permitted in your area.

5. Discount Programs

Some retailers offer discounts or incentives for EBT card holders. These programs can help stretch your food budget even further. Look for participating stores in your area and take advantage of any savings opportunities available to you.

With your EBT card, you have access to a variety of nutritious food options that can help you and your family stay healthy. By making smart choices and being aware of the guidelines for using your benefits, you can make the most of your EBT funds.