Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program – SNAP – benefits are provided through an electronic card system, much like a debit card.
They can be used to buy most food or food products, including fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets across Illinois.
Other foods that SNAP benefits can buy include:
SNAP benefits can also buy seeds and plants that produce food for a household.
SNAP benefits cannot buy:
Because SNAP benefits are used to buy any item that is a food or food product for home consumption, SNAP benefits can also be used on:
To restrict or limit the types of food eligible for purchase would require an act of Congress. Further, Congress has determined that defining food as luxury or non-nutritious would be too much of a burden and too costly.