SNAP (formerly known as EBT) Consumer Information
The government mandated that every state in the United States implement an EBT program by 2002, and all states have complied. The most well known instance of EBT is the food stamp program. This program was influenced several years ago by the USDA requiring that states switch from paper food stamps to electronic transfer. Consumers can swipe a debit card in the debit card terminal, instead of keeping up with paper coupons. All 50 states are online with EBT for food stamps.
The Food Stamp Program helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. You apply for benefits by completing a State application form. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores and farmers markets.
Merchants in every state now have the opportunity to accept customer payments via an EBT card. This payment option enables customers to access funds electronically from their government-authorized food stamp or cash benefit accounts. The EBT card eliminates paper coupons and checks for these programs, which annually account for $500 billion in government-dispersed benefits.
EBT cards generally are linked to a food stamp and / or cash benefits account. EBT cards can be linked to two accounts – a checking and a savings account.
- If you are an individual who would like to apply for Food Assistance (known as EBT or Food Stamps (now SNAP) and or Cash Benefits), you will need to contact the United States Department of Agriculture – NOT US.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Have you LOST your EBT card?
Contact the USDA offices not us.