What is an EBT card 1

How to Figure Your Qualifications for an EBT Card

EBT stands for Electronic Benefit Transfer and is the new method for paying out government funded nutrition programs. Electronic benefit transfer cards are replacing paper food stamps and checks. The cards, similar to an EC card or cash card, are safer and safer than cash or checks, and enable faster payment; The user can also check the balance of the card by typing a number written on the back of the card or online. EBT cards are used in all 50 countries and are distributed based on the result, qualifications and family size. What you
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Visit the website of the local department of health services in your state. This website can usually be found by entering the keyword "Health Services Department" and the state in which you are in the search bar on your computer. Once these are found, the Department of Health Services website becomes the best source capable of additional information about EBT specific to the area in which you live. Many states allow you to apply online or EBT Foodshare program perks.

Determine your eligibility to receive food benefits at gross income levels. A chart is available to help determine if you qualify for EBT. This table can be located on the state Department of Health Services website or on a local agency office.

Calculate your gross (before tax) monthly income using your paycheck stubs.


Find your gross monthly income on the map.

Find your family size on the map.

Use the table to determine what percent of your income and family size falls in, based on the federal poverty line. Usually when the net income of the family is at or below 100% of the federal poverty line you qualify for EBT benefits.

Apply online or at the office of your local agency for EBT benefits so additional factors are taken into account in determining your potential for eligibility for benefits. Age and disability are not included in the earnings and family size table and you can qualify to receive benefits once an agency representative has reviewed your application.