In this article, we have provided you with detailed explanation on whether or not you can buy protein powder with food stamps/Ebt card. Furthermore, we have as well listed all the grocery stores that sell protein powder and also accept food stamps.
The food stamps or SNAP rules can be a bit convoluted and difficult to understand sometimes. That is why we are writing this post (Can you buy protein powder and other supplements with SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps?), to help clear you, for you not to go against the rules.
Can You Buy Protein Powder with Food Stamps/EBT Card?
Well, the answer is YES. But it depends on the exact protein powder you want like to buy. Since you can buy almost any food item with your EBT card, you cannot buy vitamins or supplements. Some protein powders are sold as food, while others are sold as supplements. Whether or not you can purchase a particular product will depend on whether it’s sold as a food or as a supplement.
In order to ensure, read the label on the back of the product. If the label is titled “Supplement Facts,” know that this product cannot be purchased using food stamps. If the label says “Nutrition Facts,” then the product can be purchased with the SNAP benefits on your EBT card.
There are lot’s of protein powders on the market, and most of them are sold as supplements. So, keep an eye out for that “Nutritional Facts” label so that you know which ones are considered food.
Can I Buy Other Supplements with Food Stamps?
SNAP beneficiaries cannot use their benefits to buy any product that is considered a vitamin or a supplement. Exact protein bars can be purchased if they have a “Nutrition Facts” label rather instead of “Supplement Facts” label. This same distinction applies to weight loss shakes and ready-made protein shakes as well.
I recommend you check out this article on What Can You Buy with Food Stamps/EBT, and as well What You Can’t Buy. This will help you know what non-supplemental items you can buy with SNAP benefits or EBT card.
What Grocery Stores Accept Food Stamps?
Almost all grocery stores with multiple locations accept EBT cards. Grocery stores have to complete an application to become an approved retailer and install the system that reads EBT cards.
So, if you want to see all approved retailers, including gas stations, convenience stores, and any others that sell food, see our articles on:
- Grocery Stores That Accept EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP
- Gas Stations That Accept EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP
- What Fast Food Places Take EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP?
In conclusion, can you buy protein powder with Food Stamps? the answer to that question is YES. If you read the labels carefully, then shop at the right stores, and buy strategically, yes, you will be able to use your EBT benefits to purchase protein powder.