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What Can I Buy With Food Stamps ?

When your application is approved and you start to receive Florida SNAP benefits they will be given to you via an Electronic Benefit Transfer card or EBT card. This card will enable you to buy food items from a list of approved merchandise. This card will re-load automatically each month for as long as you are qualified to receive benefits. There are in some areas of Florida in which restaurants that will accept SNAP benefits to qualified elderly, homeless or disabled in exchange for a low cost meal. To find out the balance on your EBT card go to: http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access-florida-food-medical-assistance-cash/ebt-account-website

In 2008, the Food and Nutrition Act defined food that is eligible for purchase as any product that is consumed in the home and this includes plants and seed which can produce food for the home. The following is a list of those items that can and cannot be purchased using an EBT card:

 

What is eligible for purchase with your Florida Food Stamps?

Poultry, Meats and Fish

Fruits and Vegetables

Cereals and Breads

Dairy Products

Plants and seeds that can produce food to eat

 

What is not eligible for purchase with your Florida Food Stamps?

Alcoholic beverages such as beer or wine

Any Tobacco products

Any non-food items like Pet food, soaps, shampoos, household supplies or paper products

Medicines

Vitamins

Any food to be eaten in the store

Any hot foods

 

Additional items you can and cannot purchase with your Florida EBT card:

Energy drinks with a nutritional fact label are eligible but any energy drink that is categorized as a supplement is not

Candy, soft drinks, crackers, ice cream and cookies are food items and therefore may be purchased using your EBT card

Steak, bakery items and seafood can be purchased

Any live animals may not be bought using your EBT card