What Can I Buy With New York EBT Card

When using your New York EBT card at a store that accepts food stamps you can only purchase SNAP approved food items. Below is a list of general food items you can buy with your New York EBT card using your food stamp benefits. We also provide a list of general foods you cannot buy with your New York SNAP benefits. Some restaurants can be authorized to accept New York food stamps from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals. If you are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and need to know your current balance, check New York EBT card balance.

Eligible SNAP Food Items You Can Buy With New York Food Stamp 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 New York EBT Card

  • 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

Junk Foods, Energy Drinks Purchase With New York EBT Card

Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are considered food item, which are eligible for purchase with your New York food stamps. Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes are also considered food items and also can be purchased with your New York EBT card. 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 New York EBT card. Live animals may not be purchased with SNAP benefits.

If this does not answer your question about SNAP approved food items to buy with your New York food stamps then contact New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. 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 SNAP office to verify if they allow you to buy them with your SNAP benefits or not.

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