7 CFR § 271.2 & 7 CFR § 274.7(a)

The EBT card can be used to purchase eligible food at any retail food store.  EBT benefits can be used to pay a SNAP claim.  

Advise EDGs at application and renewal how to properly use their benefits.  Click here for more information on using SNAP benefits.

Retail Food Store

7 CFR § 271.2

Retail food store generally means an establishment authorized by FNS to accept benefits. 

The following require authorization by FNS:

Note: This list is not all inclusive. FNS may authorize other types of establishments.

The following establishments may be authorized by FNS to accept benefits or may be authorized representatives/shoppers for the residents:

Eligible Items

7 CFR § 271.2 & 7 CFR § 274.7(a) and (g)(1)-(4)

EDGs can use SNAP EBT cards to buy eligible foods, such as but not limited to:

Ineligible Items

7 CFR § 271.2 & 7 CFR § 274.7(j)

EDGs cannot use their SNAP EBT cards to purchase non-food items, such as but not limited to:

  • Beer
  • Cigarettes
  • Container deposit fees
  • Energy drinks classified by the FDA as supplements (have a supplement facts label rather than a nutrition facts label)
  • Hot foods

(Exception: Authorized prepared meals)

  • Household supplies
  • Liquor
  • Medicines
  • Paper products
  • Paying credit accounts
  • Pet food
  • Soaps
  • Tobacco
  • Vitamin
  • Wine

Paying a Claim 

7 CFR § 273.17(b) and (d)(4) & 7 CFR § 273.18(c)(1) and (e)(7)(ii) and (f) and (g)(1)-(3) 

EDGs can pay a SNAP claim using benefits from their SNAP account.  EDGs can use their: 

The EDG must provide written or verbal permission to repay a claim using their SNAP active benefits.  

Provide a notice to the EDG when inactive benefits are applied to a claim.  Allow the EDG 10 days to dispute using their inactive benefits.

Do not reduce the initial month’s benefits to offset a claim, unless the EDG agrees to the reduction.

Offset restored benefits by the amount of any outstanding claim.  See Overpayments and Claims for more information about claims and collection.