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EBT Food




Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that allows a recipient to authorize transfer of their government benefits from a Federal account to a retailer account to pay for products received. EBT is used in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. EBT has been implemented in all States since June of 2004.

Common benefits (in the United States) provided via EBT are typically of two general categories: Food and cash benefits. Food benefits are federally authorized benefits that can be used only to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages. Food benefits are distributed through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program. Cash benefits include state general assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits and refugee benefits.

Through EBT, a recipient uses his/her EBT card to make purchases at participating retailers. Food stamp benefits can only be used to purchase food items authorized by the USDA's SNAP program. Cash benefits may be used to purchase any item at a participating retailer, as well as to obtain cash-back or make a cash withdrawal from a participating ATM.


Key Sequence


Enter the amount being tendered and then press the EBT Food key. Pressing the EBT Food key without entering an amount will tender the remaining Food Stamp eligible balance to the EBT Food benefit portion of the card. Any eligible amount paid by EBT Food will forgive the tax associated with that amount.


Example (when the subtotal amount is $25.34):


2534  [ EBT FOOD ]  (tenders $25.34 to the EBT Food benefits portion of the card)


[ EBT FOOD ]  (tenders $25.34 to the EBT Food benefits portion of the card)


1000  [ EBT FOOD ]  (tenders $10.00 to the EBT Food benefits portion of the card)