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Keywords: government assistance, Edible plants, Seeds

I receive a food stamp benefit, and I've been able to use it to buy food plants to grow in my garden, but I would like to be able to grow food from seed. Do you know if the benefit covers seeds for food crops?

Answer:

Thanks for pointing out that food stamp benefits can be used for food plants! I consulted with legal experts at Seattle's Solid Ground and found out that the benefit does include seeds. Here is the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program web-site where this is stated:

Excerpt:
"Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy: Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat."

According to the historical information on the website of SNAP Gardens, this benefit has existed since 1973, when the Food Stamp Act was amended to include "seeds and plants for use in gardens to produce food for the personal consumption of the eligible household." You would still need to obtain the seeds from an existing vendor who accepts the food stamp benefit.

Date 2016-12-17
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