Food Items You Can Buy With Maine Food Stamps

Below is a list of items you can and cannot purchase with your Maine food stamps. You can only buy SNAP approved grocery items at stores that accept EBT cards. To find a store that accepts food stamps in Maine you can search using our SNAP Retailer Locator. In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept Maine food stamps from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.

Items you Can Buy With Maine SNAP Benefits

  • Breads and cereals
  • Bottled water
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meats, fish and poultry
  • Dairy products
  • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat
  • Infant formula, cereals, juices
  • Baby food in boxes and jars
  • Soft drinks
  • Candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream
  • Seafood such as lobster and shellfish
  • Steaks
  • Bakery cakes
  • Energy drinks with a nutrition facts label
  • Pumpkins
  • Gift baskets, if the value of the non-food items doesn't exceed 50% of the purchase price
  • Items such as birthday and other specialty cakes, as long as the value of non-edible decorations does not exceed 50% of the purchase price of the cake
  • Bows and arrows (In rural Alaska only)

Items you Cannot Buy With Maine SNAP Benefits

  • Baby diapers or baby wipes
  • Beer, wine or liquor
  • Cigarettes or tobacco
  • Nonfood items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, household supplies
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot foods
  • Grooming items or cosmetics
  • Energy drinks with a supplement facts label (FDA classified as supplements)
  • Generally live animals and birds

Why junk food and luxury food are eligible to buy with ME Food Stamps

There was a law passed called The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008. This law defines eligible SNAP foods as any food or food product for home consumption and also includes seeds and plants which produce food for consumption by SNAP households. Since the current definition of food is a specific part of the Act, any change to this definition would require action by a member of Congress. Several times in the history of SNAP, Congress had considered placing limits on the types of food that could be purchased with program benefits. However, they concluded that designating foods as luxury or non-nutritious would be administratively costly and burdensome.

The information above is a general list of items that you can or cannot buy using your Maine EBT card. If you still have questions about an item you want to purchase with your food stamps, you would need to contact your local state or county SNAP office. To view a list of generic products that has been determined eligible or ineligible to buy with Maine food stamps, Generic Product Determination List.