FAA5.K Using Benefits : 01 General EBT Usage for NA
General EBT Usage for NA
Information on this page refers to the Nutrition Assistance program
This section identifies allowable and non-allowable foods that can be purchased using NA benefits.
NA benefits are used like cash when purchasing allowable food. NA benefits are accessed through the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT process.
Most grocery stores accept EBT Cards, as well as some convenience stores and Farmer’s Markets. See NA Farmer’s Markets for more information about EBT usage at Farmer’s Markets.
EBT Online Purchasing allows NA participants to purchase allowable food items online from authorized online vendors. See Online EBT Purchasing for more information about how to use the EBT card online.
When eligible for the NA Restaurant Meals program, the EBT card can be used at restaurants that have been approved by the Food and Nutrition Service(g) Restaurant Meals Program. See NA Restaurant Meals Program for eligibility and restaurant locations.
For details on the EBT card, see Accessing Nutrition Assistance Benefits.
NA Allowable Purchases
NA benefits may be used to buy any of the following:
Food products for human consumption, including baked goods
Vegetable seeds, food-producing plants, roots, and trees
Items considered health foods such as wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, sunflower seeds packaged for human consumption, rose hips powder, and enriched or fortified foods
Baby formula
Diabetic or dietetic foods
Deposits on returnable bottles or containers
Distilled water or ice labeled for human consumption
Items used in the preparation or preservation of food such as spices and herbs, pectin, lard, or shortening
Meals prepared for and delivered or served to elderly or participants with a disability, when the organization is authorized to accept NA
Snack food such as candy, potato, or tortilla chips, chewing gum and soft drinks
Certain eligible participants can buy meals with NA benefits from community dining places and restaurants that have been approved by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Restaurant Meals Program.
Meals prepared by any of the following FNS certified or authorized institutions:
Temporary homeless shelters and meal providers
Domestic violence shelters
Drug and alcohol treatment centers
Federally subsidized housing facilities for the elderly
Group living arrangement facilities
NA Non-allowable Purchases
Items that cannot be bought with NA benefits include all of the following:
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco
Non-food items such as soap and toiletries, paper products, cleaning products and cooking utensils
Live animals, except shellfish and fish removed from water
Items used for gardening such as fertilizer and peat moss
Items not intended for human consumption such as laundry soap and starch, dog and cat food, seeds packaged as bird seed, and decorative dye that is used to color hard-cooked eggs
Vitamins and minerals, in any form
All health aids such as aspirin, cough drops or syrups and other cold remedies, antacids, and all prescription medicines
Hot foods and hot food products sold in grocery stores, hot at the time of sale and ready for immediate eating
NOTE These foods are allowable for participants eligible for the Restaurant Meals Program.
All foods marketed to be heated and served on the premises, and any prepared food sold to be eaten on the premises
NOTE These foods are allowable for participants eligible for the Restaurant Meals Program.
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last revised 10/02/2023