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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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  1. I mailed in my every 4 months renewal application not once but twice to Jonesboro ar Department of Health. The end of last year and when they mail you a renewal application a person fills it out, then mails it back to them, and then a Department of Health worker will mail you a phone interview date so they can call you and interview you to continue furthering your ebt elibilty. So when I didn’t receive another letter stating the Date and Time of my interview on the phone from them after a week, I called the Jonesboro office and asked if they received my application, the lady said No but due to Thanksgiving being a holiday I would give it a few days I mailed it a week before Thanksgiving, anyways a week later I still have not received nothing so again I called up there and asked them if they received my application yet. Told them I had called before asking the same ? And what the worker had said, the lady go No we haven’t gotten it, and she said I had til the 15th of December to have it turned it that she couldn’t control the mail, okay I know that. I asked for her to please mail me another renewal form and I didn’t get one still, it should take 2 days at most to get the mail from Jonesboro to where I live. So I call again and tell the lady this whole story and asked to please mail me a renewal letter that I didn’t want to not get my benefits due to them not receiving my renewal form if benifits she said that I will be fine she would take note I have been calling the office keeping in touch with them about my renewal letter. Well today I call after mailing my renewal again the lady said my case has been closed and I would have to reapply. That I didn’t sign my application. WHAT. I MEAN I AM BEYOND ANNOYED WITH JONESBORO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WORKERS YOU PEOPLE ARE BIT THERE JUST TO GET A PAYCHECK. IT SEEMS TO ME, BC OF HOW YOU ACT ON THE PHONE AND IN PERSON WITH PEOPLE. UNPROFESSIONAL AND UNCARING PEOPLE.NOT ALL OF THEM BUT HERE LATELY YES AND MY FRIEND WRNT THROUGH THE SAME THING WITH THEM 6 MONTHS AGO.

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