SNAP - What foods can I buy?
Foods you can buy with SNAP
From USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:
Energy drinks that have a nutrition label are eligible foods. Energy drinks that have a supplement facts label are classified by the FDA as supplements, and are therefore not eligible.
Pumpkins are edible and eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits. However, inedible gourds and pumpkins that are used solely for ornamental purposes are not eligible items.
Gift baskets that contain both food and non-food items, are not eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits if the value of the non-food items exceeds 50 percent of the purchase price.
Items such as birthday and other special occasion cakes are eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits as long as the value of non-edible decorations does not exceed 50 percent of the purchase price of the cake.
Essentially, items that are not eligible include:
Considering the eligibility of vitamins and supplements, power bars, energy drinks, and other branded products, the primary deterrent is the label chosen by the manufacturer to conform to FDA guidelines: