Can You Buy Seasoning with EBT? What You Need To Know

Seasonings play a crucial role in cooking, enhancing the flavor of any dish. For those relying on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly known as food stamps, it’s important to know which items are eligible for purchase. A common question is whether seasonings can be bought with EBT.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), cooking spices and condiments with “Nutrition Facts” labels are considered food items by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Therefore, these seasonings, including salt, pepper, herbs, and spices, are eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.

Buying Seasoning with EBT

When purchasing seasonings with your EBT card, it is important to check the prices and compare them to non-EBT eligible options. Some stores may charge a premium for EBT-eligible items, so it is important to shop around to get the best deals, ensuring you are getting the best value for your money.

How to Use EBT for Seasoning Purchases

Finding Eligible Stores

Most grocery stores and supermarkets accept EBT, but it is always a good idea to check with the store before making a purchase. Some stores may have restrictions on what types of items can be purchased with EBT, so it is important to be aware of these restrictions before making a purchase.

Transaction Process

Once you have found an eligible store, the process of using EBT to purchase seasonings is relatively straightforward. Simply select the desired seasonings and bring them to the checkout counter. When it is time to pay, inform the cashier that you will be using EBT to make the purchase. The cashier will then scan the EBT card and deduct the amount of the purchase from the card balance.

To learn more about the range of items you can purchase with an EBT card please refer to our comprehensive guide ‘What You Can Buy with EBT’. This guide offers valuable insights into the types of products eligible for EBT purchases.