It's Food or it's Fraud

SNAP is for health

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income South Dakotans of all ages buy the food they need to stay healthy.

Participation in SNAP can help:

  • stretch limited budgets
  • improve nutrition
  • reduce the risk of diet-related health problems

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal program that operates under the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


SNAP is for the recipient only

It is illegal to knowingly use, transfer, buy, sell or possess SNAP benefits, food purchased with SNAP benefits, or South Dakota EBT cards in any way not authorized by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Penalties for SNAP misuse or fraud may include:

  • Disqualification for SNAP benefits
  • Mandatory repayment of all unauthorized benefits
  • Criminal charges

SNAP is for food

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is only for the purchase of specific types of food products. Recipients are required to follow all program rules or risk losing their benefits or may even be subject to criminal prosecution.

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You may use
SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Breads and Cereals
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Meats, Fish and Poultry
  • Dairy Products
  • Seeds and Plants which produce food for the household to eat
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You may NOT use
SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Beer, Wine, Liquor
  • Cigarettes or Tobacco
  • Any Nonfood Items such as paper products, soaps, household supplies, etc.
  • Vitamins and Medicines
  • Food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot foods prepared to eat immediately