Can You Buy Charcoal with Food Stamps? Answered

Can you buy charcoal with Food Stamps? Charcoal is a nonfood item, so it is not a SNAP-approved purchase. We have all the details on what you can buy with food stamps — and what you can’t.

Can You Buy Charcoal with Food Stamps?

No, you cannot use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (also known as food stamps) to purchase nonfood items like charcoal. Even though charcoal can be used for food preparation. Besides fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, and dairy products, the only other eligible items are seeds and plants to grow your own food. For more information on what you can buy with food stamps, see our article: Here’s What You Can Buy with EBT.

Charcoal is most commonly purchased in briquette form for cooking and grilling. But some people take activated charcoal as a dietary supplement. Even in this form, you cannot use your SNAP benefits because vitamins and medicines are excluded.

SNAP benefits provide low-income individuals and households with a food allowance each month. SNAP recipients can use an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to make purchases at grocery stores and other retailers.

You may also want to see our article: Grocery Stores That Accept EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP.

In Summary

You can’t use food stamps to purchase charcoal for grilling or as a dietary supplement. SNAP benefits can only be used to purchase food items — and plants and seeds used to grow food.