Food stamp recipients can check their account balance online. The caveat is that they have to live in a state that provides online access to an individual's Electronic Benefit Transfer information. In 2014, there were 42 states offering this service.
To view the account balance, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service's website to get the correct URL of the benefits program for the state. From the state's site, create a login, and then enter credentials such as a username, password, date of birth and 16-digit EBT card number to access the account. The specific login requirements may vary.