Food Stamps


IM-#103 October 4, 2004 , IM-#87 June 29, 1999

Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is the method by which certified EUs receive/use Food Stamp benefits. Refer to Section 0150.000.00 of the General Chapter for the EBT Manual.


IM-#103 October 4, 2004

The EU may use its Food Stamp benefits in any grocery store, anywhere in the United States, authorized by FNS to accept them. The benefits may be used the same as cash to purchase any food or food product prepared for human consumption. Benefits may also be used to buy seeds and plants for use in gardens to produce food for personal consumption by the eligible EU. Benefits cannot be used to purchase alcoholic beverages, tobacco, soap products, paper products, and hot foods or hot foods prepared for immediate consumption. Under certain conditions, members of an eligible EU who are 60 years of age or over and their spouses may use Food Stamp benefits to pay for home-delivered meals and other meals prepared especially for elderly persons.

Food Stamp benefits cannot be used for any eligible food purchased prior to the time at which benefits are presented to authorized food stores or meal service. Neither are benefits used to pay for any eligible food in advance of the receipt of food, except when prior payment is for food purchased from a non-profit cooperative food purchasing venture.

When transacting Food Stamp benefits by EBT, the EU cannot receive change.