Q:

How do you access Florida food stamps?

A:

You can access your Florida food stamp benefits using the Electronic Benefits Transfer card given to you when you first signed up for the program. The card is used at grocery store point of sale machines in the same manner that a debit or credit card is used.

  1. Obtain an Electronic Benefits Transfer card

    An EBT card is given to each program participant upon acceptance. The card is usually available to be picked up at your local Social Services office.

  2. Swipe your EBT card at the register

    After the cashier rings up your groceries, swipe your EBT card at the POS machine. This is the exact process that is used to process a debit or credit card.

  3. Input your PIN number

    Each EBT recipient chooses a PIN number after acceptance into the program. This is to ensure that a lost or stolen EBT card is not used by anyone other than the recipient. Before your transaction is complete, you must input this PIN number into the POS machine.

  4. Check your receipt for your food stamp balance

    At the bottom of your receipt, you should see a summary that tells you how much money was in your food stamp account before your purchase, how much you used and what is left in your account.

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