The federal food assistance program (SNAP) is available for income-eligible individuals and families. It's not necessary to be receiving other assistance in order to be eligible, but people don't receive food assistance automatically — income-eligible individuals and families must apply and be determined eligible. Food assistance can be used to buy food only. Alcoholic beverages, pet food, tobacco, paper products, or other nonfood items cannot be purchased with food assistance benefits. If determined eligible the benefit amount will be placed in an electronic account which can be accessed by individuals through the Colorado Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system. EBT cards are accepted by most grocery stores.