You can buy certain types of protein powder with your EBT card. SNAP benefits aren’t valid on vitamins or supplements, so the protein powder must be marked with “Nutrition Facts” rather than “Supplement Facts” to be eligible.
Can You Buy Protein Powder With EBT?
Whether you can buy protein powder with your EBT card will depend on the exact product you’d like to purchase.
Some protein powders are sold as food, while others are sold as supplements. While you can buy most grocery items with your EBT card, you can’t buy vitamins or supplements.
The protein powder you’re interested in must be considered a food item to be EBT-eligible.
One way to check this is to read the label on the back of the product. If the label is titled “Supplement Facts,” this product is considered a supplement, and you can’t buy it using SNAP benefits.
If the label says “Nutrition Facts,” you should be able to purchase the powder with your EBT card (as long as the store accepts EBT and its checkout system recognizes the product as EBT-eligible).
None of the benefits agencies we contacted were able to provide a complete list of approved protein powders.
However, if you have a question about a particular product’s EBT eligibility, you can check the label, contact your local benefits agency, or email your question to the USDA through the agency’s Ask the Expert tool.
Can You Buy Other Supplements With EBT?
The same rules that apply to protein powders apply to other supplements you want to purchase with SNAP benefits: you can’t use your EBT card to buy any item considered a vitamin or supplement.
Certain protein bars are eligible for EBT if they have a “Nutrition Facts” label.
This same distinction applies to weight loss shakes and ready-made protein drinks, such as Ensure, which you can purchase with EBT (as previously reported).
For more information on non-supplemental items eligible for SNAP/EBT, check out our research on what you can and can’t buy with EBT.
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