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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps, is a federal program that provides grocery shopping assistance to low- and no-income households. While overseen by the US Department of Agriculture, SNAP is administered at the state level. Each state also has its own SNAP deposit plan.
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Benefits are deposited monthly into SNAP accounts linked to EBT cards. Some states have different names for EBT cards, so yours may be named differently.
Cards can be swiped like a debit card at checkout at grocery stores, major retailers, and participating farmers’ markets. Be sure to enter your PIN to complete the transaction. Depending on your state, you may also be able to purchase SNAP-eligible products online at participating retailers. You can find participating online dealers in your federal state here.
Benefits can be used to purchase Eligible Food, including seeds and plants that produce food for the household. SNAP benefits cannot be used to purchase alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, medications, dietary supplements, or non-food items.
Your SNAP deposit schedule depends on your state. Payments are typically distributed based on the last digits of your state program identification number. However, some states may distribute benefits on a specific date each month. States also have different rules regarding payment days that fall on weekends or holidays. Check with your state’s SNAP agency for your deposit schedule.
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You can apply for SNAP through your state’s local SNAP office or through their website. Visit the SNAP Applications Locator and Local Offices page to learn how to apply in your state. To find authorized SNAP offices near you, use the SNAP Retailer Locator tool.
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