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Can you buy protein powder with SNAP EBT?

Yes, you can buy protein powder with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) benefits. SNAP aims to support individuals and families in purchasing food items that meet their nutritional needs, and most protein powder qualifies as an eligible food item under this program.

Eligibility Criteria for Purchasing Protein Powder with SNAP Benefits

  • Food Classification: Protein powder is classified as a food item because it is consumed for its nutritional value and can be used in meal preparation, making it eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits1.
  • Retailer Acceptance: The retailer or store must be authorized to accept SNAP EBT for the specific category of goods that includes dietary supplements.

Considerations When Buying Protein Powder with SNAP EBT

  • Store Selection: Not all retailers may accept SNAP benefits for dietary supplements, even if they accept SNAP for other food items. It is advisable to check with the retailer before attempting to make a purchase.
  • Labeling and Brand: Look for protein powders that are primarily marketed as food or meal replacements rather than those labeled strictly as supplements, as this can sometimes influence their eligibility under SNAP2.

Maximizing Nutrition with SNAP Benefits

  • Protein Choices: Consider the type of protein powder that best suits your dietary needs—whey, soy, pea, or a blend—based on your health goals and any dietary restrictions.
  • Added Nutrients: Some protein powders also include added vitamins and minerals that can help meet your overall nutritional requirements.

Purchasing protein powder with SNAP benefits provides a valuable opportunity to enhance your dietary intake, especially for those with higher protein requirements or those using protein supplementation to support active lifestyles.

By the way, did you know you can add your EBT card to Amazon here: Add EBT Card to Amazon

Amazon also labels protein products that are SNAP-eligible which can be helpful in finding products.


  1. United States Department of Agriculture. (2022). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  2. Food and Nutrition Service. (2022). Guide to SNAP Eligible Foods.
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