Each state administers the program to its recipients within its jurisdiction, but there is a universal list of items recipients cannot buy with food stamps.
If you are new to the program, and you would like to know which items you cannot buy with food stamps, you can refer to the following list:
- Dog Food
- Cat Food
- Household Supplies
- Pumpkins (edible, not holiday items)
- *Hot Foods (that are meant to be consumed in-store)
Most of the above list contains items that you definitely cannot buy with food stamps under any circumstances. However, some states have passed laws that allow people to use food stamps at fast food restaurants.
Generally, the fast food restaurant allowance rule comes with some sort of specification. For example, you can use Arizona food stamps at certain fast food restaurants only if you make an application to do so, and you must be homeless in order to be eligible for the restaurant meals program.
Although many people are becoming vocal about the need for the government to restrict food stamp recipients from purchasing junk food (chips, cookies, sodas, energy drinks, etc.) and so-called, luxury foods (shrimp, steak, lobster, etc.), there are currently no restrictions in place.