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What food stamp recipients can buy

By From staff reports
Published in News on October 27, 2013 1:50 AM

What recipients can buy:

Food stamps can be used to purchase foods for the household to eat. That includes breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, poultry and dairy products.

* Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat are eligible as well.

* Also eligible are ice cream, cookies, candy, soft drinks, snack crackers and bakery cakes. Special occasion cakes, such as birthday cakes, are eligible provided that the value of any non-edible decorations does not exceed 50 percent of the cake's purchase price.

* Energy drinks are eligible if they have a nutrition facts label on them. However, energy drinks with a supplement facts label are classified as supplements by the FDA and are not eligible.

* In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept the benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.

Items that are not eligible for purchase include:

* Alcohol or food products that contain alcohol

* Tobacco products

* Items not intended for human consumption, such as paper products, pet foods, soaps, household supplies, etc.

* Foods sold hot at the point-of-sale or that food that will be eaten in the store

* Vitamins and supplements and medicines.