If your store wants to accept or redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from customers, you must register the store with the federal SNAP Benefits Program.


Apply to accept SNAP benefits.

By Phone

  • Agency: United States Department of Agriculture
  • Division: Food and Nutrition Services
  • Phone Number: (877) 823-4369
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

SNAP benefits can be used to buy:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, poultry, and fish
  • Dairy products
  • Breads and cereals
  • Seeds and plants, which provide food for the household to eat
  • Baby formula
  • Water and ice labeled for human consumption
  • Snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages

SNAP benefits cannot be used to buy:

  • Prepared hot foods in grocery stores or any prepared food (hot or cold) meant to be eaten at the store
  • Alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, or tobacco
  • Cleaning products, paper products, toiletries, or cooking utensils
  • Pet supplies
  • Items for food preservation such as canning jars or lids, freezer containers, or food wrapping paper
  • Medicines, vitamins, or minerals
  • Items for gardening, such as fertilizer or peat moss

Online Purchasing

SNAP households with electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards can use their benefits to purchase eligible food items online.

SNAP benefits cannot be used to pay for service or delivery charges.  

Find participating stores and get more information about the SNAP online purchasing pilot.

Read the USDA press release about the SNAP online purchasing pilot.

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