Accepting government benefits as payment is now as easy as accepting a debit card.
Government assistance programs now come in the form of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards.
Merchants in nearly 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.
Food stamp EBT replaces paper coupons The recipient will receive a plastic card and PIN to access food stamp benefits electronically. Cash Benefit EBT replaces various paper checks that are issued to pay out benefits. There are a variety of cash benefit types, such as state and local welfare payments, unemployment and housing or energy assistance, as well as childcare costs that are not available through the EBT program.
First, you can check your eligibility.
You have four ways in which to obtain an application for Food Stamps (EBT)