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Tonya Spencer has a quest card and like most of the program's participants she uses it to shop at full service grocery stores. According to the USDA, 16% of all SNAP benefits are redeemed at mom and pop corner stores, gas stations and even liquor stores.
SNAP user Linda Garvey called us to ask why the liquor store in her West Allis neighborhood is allowed to accept Quest, considering that under the program rules you can't buy alcohol or tobacco with the card. "Food stamps are to make sure kids aren't going hungry not make sure I can drink and smoke cigarettes," Garvey says.
Which Stores Accept Quest?
To accept Quest cards, a store must sell at least three varieties of the following: bread and grains; dairy; fruit and vegetables; and meat, poultry and fish. Or at least 50 percent of the store’s total sales must come from basic dietary items, which does not include snacks such as chips or soda.
There are 36 stores within 1½ miles of City Hall, 730 Washington Ave., that accept FoodShare, according to a search on the United States Department of Agriculture’s website. They include multiple convenience stores, grocery stores, gas stations and liquor stores. The federal government regulates which stores can accept Quest cards.
To search for stores that accept Quest, go to:
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You CANNOT buy any nonfood items such as: beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, tobacco, pet foods, soaps, paper products, household supplies, toothpaste, cosmetics, vitamins, medicines, foods that can be eaten in the store and hot foods.
Originally posted by hadriana
Nonfood items ring up as nonfood items.
If a food is 50% groceries I personally would not call it a liquor store.
In any event, any smart drunk could just go buy a lot of grape juice and make their own.
Originally posted by baddmove
reply to post by COconspiracyguy
Same here where i live..
all that is in the liquor store is liquor...
not even beer, just wine and liquor...
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
On one hand I don't see the problem with acceptance at liquor stores in concept, because not everyone has 50 stores within walking distance. Some people are rather limited and liquor stores often have more than just booze and cigarettes. Uncle Sam just can't help but micromanage the living daylights out of everything.....just make it accepted but actually restrict what is bought with it, universally. Sheesh...
Originally posted by beezzer
Instead of food stamps, QUEST or other card names, why not call it Obama-bucks.
Originally posted by outandopen
it is impossible to buy non food items with a quest card,,,unless the teller is ringing booze up like it is a food item. most liquor stores (other than state owned) carry groceries. your friend is ill informed on how food stamps work. Some Quest cards carry cash benefits which is like an ATM card.
originally posted by: 3n19m470
Didn't have time to read through the thread, but just in case nobody told you yet... Quest cards are not just only used for food stamps. They can be used to access two different accounts, one being the food stamps, which are not allowed to be spent on non food items like alcohol or cigarettes or even an energy drink like red bull, or any heated foods already made like the soup, or fried chicken in the deli sections of most grocery stores. Cold items, like potato salad from the deli, or other non cooked items like frozen burritos for example which you then microwave in the store would be fine. An already cooked one sitting on the warmer would not.
In addition to the food stamps accessible from the Quest card, there are also such thing as "cash benefits" available to some recipients. You can take the Quest card to an atm machine and get cash and go buy anything you want. So using it as a debit card in a liquor store is just like any debit transaction. And the system will not allow your food stamp balance to be used for unqualified purchases. So there is no cheating, even if you're cool with the guy at the liquor store... Trust me on this one
Feel free to pm me if you need to know anything else about the quest card, food stamps, or just being poor in general! I'm your man if that's what you need to know about