SNAP Restrictions 2023: What are the non-eligible food items?

When it comes to a regular visit to the store to buy food for your household, many people across the United States rely upon SNAP to help ease the burden of the financial cost.

The program has helped families across the nation, particularly through this cost of living crisis, but there are some important exemptions to remember.

What is SNAP?

SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program which provides families across the U.S. with benefits and credit for their food shop.

It helps around one in every seven citizens across the country, though that number increases in some stats such as the District of Columbia where one in five people benefit from SNAP.

What is not allowed?

The policy on what is not available is strict and users should be aware to avoid unexpected surprises at check-out.

Among the prohibited items are those which are considered unessential, which includes items like beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco.

Also excluded are non-food items and other household goods, such as cleaning supplies, pet foods, soaps or paper products.

One case that often catches people out is that vitamins and medicines are also excluded from the list of options.

It is also worth remembering that any good which is consumed either in store or is sold hot is also exempt from SNAP.

Another exclusion from the program is the sale of live animals, even if they are sold for the purpose of slaughter and consumption.

What is included in SNAP?

After reading what is not allowed, many people are curious as to what is allowed under SNAP.

It considers any item which is for the household to eat, which usually covers breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables and dairy products.

It also provides coverage for meats, fish and poultry, meaning that a substantial amount of a regular food shop can be covered by SNAP.

Following much debate, it was also clarified that two extra categories are included which include any seeds or plants which can grow food for the household, as well as junk food items such as soft drinks, candy or cookies.