Can You Use a Massachusetts Food Stamp Card in Another State?

Cigarettes can't be bought with an electronic benefits transfer card.

The food stamp program in Massachusetts, now called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is available to individuals and families whose financial situation impairs their ability to buy nutritious food. Financial and circumstantial guidelines determine how much an applicant is eligible for, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


In Another State

You can use your electronic benefits transfer, or EBT, card in any state, even though you were approved in Massachusetts.The EBT card, as of 2011, cannot be used in Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

How to Use

Use your EBT card the same way you would use a credit card. Check the amount you have on the card before shopping, recommends the Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services, by checking your last receipt or by calling 1-800-997-2555. Shop at stores that display the "Quest" logo, and swipe your card at the register before entering your personal identification number, or PIN.


Ineligible Foods

Not every food item is eligible for purchase with an EBT card. Although vegetable seeds can be purchased, hot, prepared food cannot. Paper products, alcohol, medicine and vitamins are also ineligible. Decorative gourds, such as holiday pumpkins that can't be cooked, aren't eligible.

Stores Without EBT

If the store where you are shopping doesn't accept the EBT card, it can still create a manual voucher, according to the Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services. The amount of your purchase and your EBT card number are written on an official voucher and submitted. Wait several days for the amount to be deducted from your balance.


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