can you buy monster energy drinks with food stamps?

Yes. According to the United States Department of Agriculture- Food and Nutrition Service, when considering the eligibility of energy drinks, and other branded products, the primary determinant is the type of product label chosen by the manufacturer to conform to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines:

  • Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label are eligible foods
  • Energy drinks that have a supplement facts label are classified by the FDA as supplements, and are therefore not eligible

It was reported in 2013 that a change to the labeling found on energy drinks have made them food stamps eligible. The change, which many people say is an attempt to game the food stand system, is the removal of the word “supplement.”

The Monster energy drinks brand removed that single word (supplement) to its nutritional label and then like magic, food stamps users could buy the drinks. Read more of the news at SocialNewsDaily.

Browse SNAP eligible food items here.

To get SNAP benefits, households must meet certain tests, including resource and income tests:

  • Resources
  • Income
  • Deductions
  • Employment Requirements
  • Special Rules for Elderly or Disabled
  • Immigrant Eligibility

To see if you might be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, visit the pre-screening tool.

Check out 5 Surprising Things You Can Buy With Food Stamps.

Learn some healthy eating tips at ChooseMyPlate.

Updated on Tuesday, March 24 2015 at 11:04AM EDT