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post #21 of 35
I am so excited we just got approved for FS, and I checked the site, not only do they cover seeds, but also plants for growing food! Not flowers or plants to feed birds, though. They also cover ice, btw.
post #22 of 35
The only thing i haven't been able to buy here are:
Energy drinks
and hot deli items

We can buy cliff bars, because i do it all the time. I also can buy cold deli, and sushi, and i think protien powder? I bought a small packet and am not 100% sure it was covered.
post #23 of 35
Here in MI, protein powder can be purchased with food stamps.
post #24 of 35
It really does vary from store to store. I've found that one local store includes baking soda, another does not. One time prepared horseradish rang up as "non food." In one store, bottle deposits were not covered (although the seltzer itself was), while in another store, the entire cost of the seltzer was covered by food stamps. (I think the 2nd store was in error- since I can get cash back when I return the bottles.)

Most of the time, I just pay cash if it doesn't come up for food stamps, especially if it's a small amount (like 50 cents for a box of baking soda I bought for cleaning anyway.) But one time, a $6 block of cheese came up non-food stamps- I guess it rang up like prepared deli food instead of "groceries." That time I questioned it, the cashier asked a supervisor, and the supervisor fixed it so I could pay for the cheese with food stamps that day. I'm not sure if it's fixed in their computer though.

ITA that it's crazy the way you can buy soda or candy with FS but not vitamins.
post #25 of 35
So, huh.

I happened to wander into a small convenience store yesterday that sells hot, cooked food that you can use your food stamps to buy.
The catch is you have to pay for whatever you order before they actually cook it and only certain items on the small menu are covered.

They had a small deli/kitchen area at the back of the store and the menu consisted of pizza, hamburgers, fries, chili fries, etc. I can't remember which food the counter lady said you could buy with stamps, but I do remember pizza was covered and nachos were not. Oh, and cheese fries were covered at the moment because their cheese heating machine was broken and they were having to manually heat up the cheese at the moment.

I didn't buy anything but I was extremely curious since I read a sign they had up and of course, I just had to ask questions!

I am not sure what they are doing is entirely legal, but there you have it.

Oh, and Ruthla, ime, bottle deposits are covered by food stamps.
post #26 of 35
What I have been able to figure out so far is that, at least around where I live, Clif bars are marked as supplements and NOT food stamp eligible at Wal-mart but are marked as food and thus eligible for food stamp purchase at Krogers. Weird, but what I have found.

Flax seed oil, I haven't been able to find anywhere that will let you buy it on food stamps.

Our health food store allows herbal, yogi teas with food stamps.

I completely didn't know about garden seeds being eligible, you all have made my day.:

On a related note. They just changed the WIC around and we get vouchers for fresh veggies/fruit. Although they told us at the office that any fresh veggie/fruit is eligible with exception of white potatoes and deli trays I have found that the stores do not ring up anything that isn't "loose" as WIC eligible. Baby spinach or salad mix in a bag no-no, but "loose" spinach and individual heads of lettuce yes. Weird once again. Wanted to see if any of you have experienced this.
post #27 of 35
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Originally Posted by bandgeek View Post
I was surprised the other day when my vegetable seeds were covered. I was set to pay cash for them, but I decided DS and I should have some milk duds so I swiped my FS card first and it paid for the whole $7.

Any supplements covered? If not, I really think dietary supplements should be covered, if only multivitamins.

I know hot food can't be purchased with FS. I've never had trouble with cold stuff from the deli.

You can use them at Papa Murphy's, the take and bake pizza place. It's a ton better than frozen pizza from the grocery store. About the same price because they regularly have deals on 1 topping larges ($7 last week I think) and they are bigger and better quality. I treat myself once a month to that.
The vegetable seeds I knew about. But Papa Murphy's? Really? Hmmm if we get approved, I will have to ask about that. I get coupons all the time.
post #28 of 35
Your in lawrence right? So are we, and yes fs definitely cover papa murphy's. We get it once a month, or once every other month. Its pretty cheap with all the coupons and stuff, and the kids love their cheese wheel.
post #29 of 35
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Your in lawrence right? So are we, and yes fs definitely cover papa murphy's. We get it once a month, or once every other month. Its pretty cheap with all the coupons and stuff, and the kids love their cheese wheel.
Yes we are. This is great news! I do make my own pizza, but sometimes I am just too tired. Its nice to have one of these in the freezer.
post #30 of 35
Ooh ooh ooh! I just found this recent pdf file, published by the government, that lists many of the "gray area" items by brand and whether or not they are covered. I specifically see that Cliff bars and some soy protein powders are covered. (I know nothing about these Cliff bars, just remembered you all mentioning they were sometimes not covered. lol)

http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retaile...gible_list.pdf
post #31 of 35
I've been able to buy traditional medicinals tea and clif bars with food stamps.

I once had to pay for hemp seeds because I found them in the vitamin section.
post #32 of 35
Thankyou Shaywyn! That is quite a list!
Wow! You can buy fruit trees!

I love how in rural Alaska you can buy bows and arrows; that is just wild!
post #33 of 35
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Originally Posted by shaywyn View Post
So, huh.

I happened to wander into a small convenience store yesterday that sells hot, cooked food that you can use your food stamps to buy.
The catch is you have to pay for whatever you order before they actually cook it and only certain items on the small menu are covered.
In some cases, food stamps do cover hot, prepared foods. IIRC they have that loophole for homeless people who get food stamps.
post #34 of 35

I recently just bought cliff bars from trader joes on fs…so that worked.

and today i bought Spry gum, a ready made (but cold) burrito, and a muffin from the bakery in whole foods, and it all went through. was surprised. but took the chance.

 

anyone know about other things at whole foods that are cold like sushi, or from the "cooked but cold" deli section?

post #35 of 35
I am no longer on food stamps so things may have changed but gingerbread house kits are fs eligible. hHowever gift baskets with food products were not if there was any nonfood item inside. Good to know for the holidays when money is tight.
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