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What is SNAP/EBT?

Written by Colleen Hanlon-Smith | Published on March 4, 2013
The content that follows was originally published on the Maine Farmers' Markets website at http://www.mainefarmersmarkets.org/market-members/what-is-snap-ebt/

SNAP – What is that?

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a federally funded government program which has traditionally been know as “food stamps”.

EBT, or Electronic Benefit Transfer, is the method in which SNAP funds are given to the recipient. Each month additional funds are electronically added to an EBT card which works similar to a debit card.

In Maine, EBT benefits are linked to the Pine Tree Card, are then processed using the QUEST network.

Eligible  Food Items
Products that ARE eligible for purchase with EBT: Baked goods, breads and cereals; jams, jellies, pickles, honey, maple syrup; fruits and vegetables; meats, fish and poultry; cheeses, eggs, dairy products; seeds and vegetable plants which will produce food to eat; edible pumpkins, cider.

Products that ARE NOT eligible for purchase with EBT: Pet foods;  soaps, cosmetics, paper products; animal fleece, yarns; crafts; prepared hot foods; vitamins and medicines; live animals; inedible gourds or pumpkins used for decorations; any food that is “individually” packaged; flowers; inedible plants.