How Clients Use SNAP Benefits
Proper Use of the Program
Under the SNAP program, clients receive food benefits based on their level of need. The amount is determined during the Eligibility Process. Clients that receive SNAP can use their benefits to purchase eligible food at stores that are authorized by Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) to accept benefits.
By law, State and local sales tax can't be charged for purchases made with SNAP benefits.
What does eligible food mean?
|Any food or food product intended for human consumption except||Alcohol|
|Hot Foods (exceptions listed below)|
|Seeds and plants to grow foods for the household|
Although most households are not eligible to purchase ready-made meals, in some instances it is allowed.
Below is a list or persons who are allowed to use their benefits to purchase prepared meals –
- Meals for communal dining facilities to those households eligible
- Meals from meal delivery services for those households eligible
- Meals from drug or alcohol rehabilitation centers for eligible residents and their children
- Meals from a group living facility for clients who are blind or disabled
- Meals from domestic violence shelters to its eligible residents
- Meals from a public or nonprofit homeless meal provider to eligible homeless households