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EBT Card

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An Electronic Benefits Transfer Card (EBT) delivers money from government programs and cash assistance electronically to you. 

Temporary Cash Assistance and Food Stamps benefits are not provided to you in actual cash, stamps or coupons. Instead, a few days after you are approved for these benefits, you will receive the EBT Card in the mail. EBT Cards are also sometimes for refugee and disaster benefits

How does the EBT Card work?

The EBT card works like a bank card. Each month, the government will add your benefits into an account they set up for you. You then access your benefits by using your EBT card at POS (Point of Sale) machines to buy things or get cash back. You can also go to ATMs to withdraw money. Find out how to use your EBT card at participating stores.

If you receive Temporary Cash Assistance benefits, you can both withdraw money from ATMs or buy things at participating stores. If you receive only food stamp benefits, you can only use your EBT card to buy food from grocery stores.

How much does it cost to use the card?

You can use your EBT to buy things (or to buy things and get cash back), as many times as you want without any transaction fees.

Beware of stores and ATMs that may charge you a fee (called a "surcharge") for using the EBT card. Before using your card, look for a warning about this on the ATM screen or on a sign near the sales counter. Many stores and ATMs don't have this surcharge, so you can avoid it simply by using your card at a different store or ATM.

What is a PIN number?

To use your EBT card, you need to have a Personal Identification Number, or PIN. This is a secret 4-digit number that will come to you in the mail a day or two after you get your card. It's very important to memorize your PIN number. Don't tell anyone else your number (including your case worker), and don't write it on your card. If you lose your card or have it stolen and someone has your PIN, they can use the card to steal your benefits.

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Hi just wanted to spread the word. I have done my research on what we are allowed to purchase with the FOODSTAMPS and I found out that we can also purchase fruit and veggie seeds,plants and even young trees. Go to walmart .farmersmarkets and some nurseries that accept foodstamps and ask them if they could check if the product is covered they have to scan it and then you slide your card and it will say approved if it is . They probbalt don't know them selves so ask nicely I now I had troubles with the managers they didn't even know but i have purchased my stgarden plants ever since so who ever comes across this postt spread the word and let me know how your garden is doing
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Is there a way online to verify the benefit amount on an EBT card?
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Yes - go to https://www.ebtaccount.jpmorgan.com/JPM_EFS/ and register on the system. You will then be able to check your EBT balance and recent transactions.

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can i get cash back in any store.and could you send me some copouns
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well done
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how do i get my balance
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great having this website to use
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It;s very hard to manage going to school, paying for rent, and trying to find a job (which has been very difficult), let alone paying for groceries. An EBT card would be very helpful.
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The ebt hotline is awful
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Can you use EBT food cards in other states
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Yes - SNAP benefits are a federal program, so you can use your benefits in other states.

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i live in milwaukee and i use my ebt in chicago.
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look i need food stamps to help me live i pay 100 a week for rent and have no money for food so i end up paying 400 a month
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I really need the financial help. I'm desperate.
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I left Nv the first part of Dec. I understand that I may have to wait until the 15 of Jan to get food stamps. How can I receive some help before then? My allocation was 16.00 for the month of Dec. I wasn't paying rent then I am now paying rent as of the 1st Of Dec. Not sure what next to do?
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I just received my ebt card for the first time yesterday but will I get more in the month of december on the first??
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THIS IS A WONDERFUL WEBSITE

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You CAN apply for EBT online in Georgia. I did it. Just Google Georgia Food stamps application online.

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I'm a single parent with two children living on my own. i heard about this program and have friends that have it and i know this will benefit me and my children. please consider of for this. it will help us out a lot.

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i was wondering how i could get an ebt card since i am a college student from out of state?

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It's too bad that Georgia doesn't allow you to apply online like other states. Argh.

Found a little more info here:

http://billeater.com/tips/how-apply-a-georgia-compass-ebt-card-food-stamps

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