EBT Card Uses, Functions and Usage Coverage

As a single mom, getting and using your EBT card can save you from terrible situations where you’ve exhausted all your options. You must get your card and use it in those times when there’s no one else to ask for a quick loan. And the best of it, it’s that it is free. You don’t pay the government back. It’s your entitlement as a qualified single mom. This article answers some basic questions about EBT card functions and usage.

Can you apply for EBT online?

Yes, you can apply for the electronic benefit transfer (EBT) online. All you’ve got to do is select it as your preferred payment method. You can apply for your EBT card by completing the application form. It can be done online, by mail or you could visit your local Department of Social Services Regional Office to submit your application. But in case you’re busy with the kids, you can ask someone to do the application process for you. After you’ve filled and submitted the form, and eligibility officer will interview you. Your EBT card will be given to you as soon as you’re to be eligible. Find out more about EBT on https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program

Can I buy food on Amazon with EBT?

The answer to this question is a big YES. Amazon allows SNAP EBT as a means of payment for food. Although you can only buy items that are on the SNAP-eligible items list, as a single mom, you’d achieve more in a day when your order for food online. You’ll save time and focus on improving your life. Ensure to add a valid SNAP EBT card as your preferred method of payment when you shop on Amazon. But the sad thing is that some states are not eligible. To find out more about the state that is eligible based on the government’s regulations, please visit https://www.amazon.com/SNAP

Can I order groceries online with EBT?

Yes, you can order groceries online with your EBT card. As a single mother, shopping for groceries online will help reduce the stress of working and raising your kids with little or no help. Some approved merchants offer SNAP EBT as a method of payment as well as delivery of your purchases. Unfortunately, not all grocery stores offer EBT as a method of payment and still deliver your items at your doorstep. Visit https://foodstampsnow.com/list-of-grocery-stores-that-accept-ebt-online-for-delivery/ to know the online merchants that’ll accept your EBT online for groceries and gladly give them to you.

Can I withdraw cash from my EBT card?

This answer to this question is also YES. There are times when you’d like to buy things that aren’t on the SNAP-eligible items list, and there’s no way of getting cash anytime soon. You can withdraw some money with your EBT card just like any other card you’ve got. You can walk into any store that displays the Quest® and dollar sign. There are no fees attached to any withdrawal from the store. You can also find an ATM with the Quest® and dollar sign and make your withdrawal. The downside is that there may be fees attached to the withdrawal from ATM. Visit https://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/ebt-electronic-benefit-transfer-card-restrictions-for-public-assistance.aspx to learn more about how to use your EBT card.

How can I check my EBT balance?

There are several ways to check your EBT balance. Before you go shopping, ensure you check and keep track of the cash available on your EBT card. You can check by downloading and logging in to the DTA Connect app on your mobile devices. You can also visit the DTA Connect website and login to your account. Another way to check your EBT balance is to call the EBT customer service number (800) 997-2555) at the back of your card. To find out more information about your EBT card usage and functions, visit https://www.mass.gov/guides/using-your-ebt-card

What food can I buy with my EBT card?

There are several food items you can buy with your EBT card. You can use your EBT card to pay for groceries, just like when you pay with your credit or debit card. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has a list of food items you can buy with your EBT card. You can buy dairy products, meat, vegetables, fruits, etc. You can also purchase seeds or plants for growing food crops in your garden. Visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items to find out more about other food items you can buy.

Do any fast-food restaurants accept EBT?

Yes. Several restaurants accept EBT as a means of payment. But this is limited to individual states. Some eateries in California and Arizona accept EBT. Some rules apply for using EBT in these restaurants. Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Del Tacos, Domino’s Pizza are some fast-food restaurants that accept EBT, though in selected places. For a comprehensive list of fast-food restaurants that accept EBT, visit https://m.ranker.com/list/restaurants-fast-food-chains-that-take-ebt/business-and-company-info.