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Are cooking spices eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits?

unemployed_questionQ) Are cooking spices and condiments eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits?

A) You CAN use SNAP benefits to buy cooking spices and condiments eligible. Foods for the household to eat, such as breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables, meats, fish and poultry, dairy products. You can also use your benefits to buy seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

Since condiments & spices are food items, they are eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.




You CANNOT use SNAP Benefits to buy beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco; any nonfood items, such as pet foods, soaps, paper products and household supplies; vitamins and medicines; food that will be eaten in the store; and hot foods. Click here for more information.

When considering the eligibility of branded products for purchase with SNAP benefits, the primary determinant is the type of product label chosen by the manufacturer to conform to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines:

· Items that carry a nutrition facts label are eligible foods

Note: Items that carry a supplement facts label are classified by the FDA as supplements, and are therefore not eligible.

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Applying for Food Stamp or SNAP benefits

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  1. I hope I’m in the right place I haven’t received my Snap n APA check, n I took in all my copies n 2 forms 1 for each. Then I got a notice saying my benefits were gonna b delayed if I don’t turn in my paperwork, well I had just dropped off my papers n saw the notice when I got Hm now we check our mail every day n that notice was not in mailbox til I returned Hm, n the notice was dated November 16,2020 I couldn’t prove that the notice was really late because there was no date stamped on it. Just the inside date on notice but it won’t get me nowhere lying to you guys. But as soon as I could I ran it back after filling out all I could n explained I had no copies left as I ran out of ink for copy machine n had no more as I submitted sm originals due to no ink. You guys should have 3 forms you all sent me, the 1st 2 were due by the 5th I turned mine in on the 7th n the notice dated November I took into drop box outside building. Thank you

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