What Can I Buy With Pennsylvania Food Stamps

When receiving Pennsylvania SNAP benefits you are given an Electronic Benefit Transfer card. Your Pennsylvania EBT card allows you to purchase eligible food stamp items for your household. In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept Pennsylvania SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals. Below we provide a list of eligible items you can buy with your Pennsylvania EBT account, we also provide a list of items that are not approved to buy with your Pennsylvania SNAP benefits. If you are receiving food stamps and need to know your available balance, check Pennsylvania food stamp balance.

Eligible Food Stamp Items You Can Buy With Pennsylvania EBT Card

  • Meats, Fish and Poultry
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Breads and Cereals
  • Dairy Products
  • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat

Food Items You Cannot Buy With Pennsylvania Food Stamps

  • Beer, Wine, Liquor
  • Cigarettes or Tobacco
  • Any Nonfood Items Such As Pet Foods
  • Soaps, Paper Products
  • Household Supplies
  • Vitamins and Medicines
  • Food That Will Be Eaten In Store
  • Hot Foods

Additional Information - Purchase With Your Pennsylvania EBT Card

Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are considered food item, which are eligible for purchase with your Pennsylvania SNAP benefits. Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes are also considered food items and also can be purchased with your Pennsylvania food stamps. Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label are eligible foods, but if the FDA classifieds energy drinks as a supplement it is not eligible to purchase with your Pennsylvania SNAP benefits. Live animals may not be purchased with SNAP benefits.

If this does not answer your question about eligible food stamp items to buy with your Pennsylvania EBT card then contact Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. People have asked if they can buy items such as dog food, baby formula, vitamins, baby food, protein powder and other items. In these cases we suggest you contact your local state food stamp department to verify if they allow you to buy them with your Pennsylvania EBT card or not.

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