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Can You Buy Ensure with Food Stamps?

Can You Buy Ensure with Food Stamps?

Figuring out the foods permitted for purchase with EBT may make you wonder: can you buy Ensure with food stamps? No need to worry. This article will help you figure out what types of food you can buy with your EBT card and whether you can buy Ensure with it.


What can you buy with food stamps?

Your EBT card usually will not let you purchase the following:

  • Hot food items
  • Food meant for immediate consumption at the location you purchase it from
  • Household supplies
  • Non-food items
  • Items with supplement labels

While there can are some exceptions to what you can purchase with your EBT card, the list below generally covers what you can buy without issue:


  • Meat
  • Bread
  • Dairy
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Seeds and plants for growing food

This article and this article go more into depth about what can be bought with SNAP benefits.

Can I buy Ensure with food stamps?

Yes, you can! Ensure shakes have a nutrition label on them, which means you can buy them with your EBT card.


When looking at other brands of nutrition shakes, be sure to check their labels. Some of them might have supplement labels, not nutritional labels, which means that you cannot buy them with food stamps.

By Unsplash user Liuba Bilyk. A blonde woman holds a basket full of assorted groceries.
By Unsplash user Liuba Bilyk.

How can I learn more?

Low Income Relief is always happy to help! Here are some more resources you may be interested in reading.

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As a third-year English major with years of researching and writing experience, Chloe uses her experience and her passion for helping others to help you get the financial aid you deserve.