What Does "EBT" Stand For?

The acronym EBT most commonly stands for Electronic Benefit Transfer. This phrase often refers to what were previously known as food stamps, which is a form of government aid. Consumers receive a card similar to a debit card that they use to access these benefits.

Each month, funds are loaded onto the consumer's EBT card. Consumers use the card to make purchases at local retailers such as grocery stores. Some EBT cards have both food-stamp benefits and cash benefits loaded onto them, although these benefits must be used separately. Some states also use EBT cards for the WIC program. WIC stands for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, which provides food for expectant mothers and their children.