There are approved and unapproved products for SNAP. As the name would suggest, the benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are intended to be spent on food. Most foods and beverages are on the approved list. Benefits can be used to purchase bread, cereals, fruits and vegetables, meats, dairy products and more.
You cannot use your benefits to pay for any type of alcohol, so you cannot use your SNAP benefits to buy beer, wine, or malt beverages at grocery stores, gas stations, or anywhere else that accepts the EBT card. You cannot use the EBT card in liquor stores, wineries, or other places that specialize in alcohol sales.
Benefits cannot be used to buy any sort of tobacco products either. This includes cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, loose tobacco, e-cigs, e-cig refills, or anything else involving tobacco or tobacco products. This is true even if you are shopping at a store or gas station that accepts the EBT card.
Benefits also cannot be used to pay for vitamins or over-the-counter medicines. Depending on your eligibility, you may be able to get vitamins and over-the-counter medicines covered through other aid programs. Many states include certain vitamins and medicines under their Medicaid coverage plans.
However, if your Medicaid program does not cover vitamin or over-the-counter medicines, you will have to pay for those out-of-pocket. There aren’t a lot of programs that would cover those kinds of expenses. Many national chain pharmacies do accept the EBT card, but only for food purchases.