You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).
Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.
Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.
Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?
People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.
I remember having this discussion in my grad school class where there was a challenge/assignment to live on food stamps for a week. As one of four out of thirty people actively living on food stamps I had to explain that yes you can buy Ben and Jerry’s with your food stamps but no you cannot by cleaning supplies. I had to explain that when my dog is sick I use my food stamps to buy extra chicken and rice so I can pay for what essentially passes as prescription dog food according to my vet. I had to explain that sometimes I used my food stamps to buy vinegar and baking soda to be used as cleaning supplies. You can buy a lot of things on food stamps, especially if you know how to make things work for you, but you cannot buy an iPad or cigarettes. You can buy soda because you’re not 5 years old or beholden to what other people think you should buy.