How to Use SNAP Benefits (EBT)




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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program allows you to use your government benefits to directly pay for food items at selected retailers. Once you’re certified for SNAP benefits, you’ll receive an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card in the mail with instructions on how to use it.
 
To purchase food using your SNAP benefits, bring your food items to the checkout counter like you normally would.
 
SNAP benefits are only valid for food items and seeds which may be used to grow food with. SNAP may not be used with:
 
  • Non-food items
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Any food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot foods
 
Proceed with the checkout process, and then swipe your EBT card through the terminal like you would a debit or credit card. From here, the machine will take out the value that you have redeemed from your government benefit account and apply it towards the food items on the transaction. If you have any ineligible items on the list, then the balance will remain minus the food items.
 
It’s recommended that you keep your receipts so you have an accurate record of how much is left in your SNAP account. Make sure to keep track with every transaction!


By: Tim Milles
 






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