How can an EBT card balance be checked?


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Almost all states enable electronic benefits transfer, or EBT, cardholders to check account balances online, by phone or through grocery purchase receipts. Third-party websites EBT Card Balance and Food Stamp Balance offer a state-by-state collection of links to pages that advise visitors of the ways they can check the balance of their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, accounts. Neither of these two services is affiliated with any government agency, as noted on their websites.

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Clicking on any of the state-designated "EBT Card Balance" links on the EBT Card Balance home page opens a page that provides the phone number to check EBT card balances in that state, and if available, a link to that state's online balance-check page. The website also provides a search tool that can display all participating local SNAP stores on the EBT system. The search tool provides results based on state, ZIP code and chosen radius. In addition to a street address listing, each store's location can be displayed within a Google Maps format.

Grocery receipts typically provide the remaining balance in a SNAP account when an EBT card is used to make a purchase. Depending on each store, the balance may appear on a different section of a receipt, as advised by the Food Stamp Balance website.

The SNAP program replaced the former food stamp federal assistance program. The old program was revised during the 1990s and the paper coupons, commonly called "food stamps," were replaced by the EBT card system.

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