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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?

-Eligible Food-
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 –

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