Who Accepts Food Stamps?


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Most major grocery stores across the United States accept food stamps as payment. Depending on the state, food stamps can also be used at farmer's markets, restaurants, gas stations and flea markets. Some organizations can redeem food stamps in rehabilitation, group living and other special programs.

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Some common stores that accept food stamps include Costco, Walmart, Trader Joe's and Target. Albertsons, Family Foods, Kmart Super Centers, ALDI, Hometown Foods and Food 4 Less all accept food stamps. Retail stores like Walgreens and CVS that feature grocery departments also accept them. At stores like Family Dollar, items paid for with food stamps that are returned to the store for a refund may only be refunded with other food items.

Food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, cannot be used to purchase tobacco, alcohol or other drugs. Vitamins, medications and supplements cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits, nor can toiletries or pet food. Certain hot foods are also ineligible for the program. Meal plan benefits that are available from restaurants are intended for participants without access to places to store or cook food regularly. Because of stipulations in the Federal Farm Bill, convenience stores are required to provide healthier food options in order to accept SNAP benefits.

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