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What is an Alabama EBT card?

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An Alabama EBT card is a debit card that the state of Alabama issues to qualifying citizens and to which the state transfers the benefit money to those citizens. EBT stands for Electronic Benefits Transfer.

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The Alabama Department of Human Resources holds that EBT cards make the dispersal of benefits easier and faster. The state Family Assistance and the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits are electronically placed on this debit card. EBT cardholders get cash benefits via ATMs and certain store terminals, and they use the cards at grocery stores to buy food. The EBT system began in 1997.

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    What can you purchase with an EBT card?

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    According to the USDA website, people use the EBT card to purchase food such as meat, breads, cereals, milk, cheese, fruits and vegetables as well as seeds and plants for growing food. Some items, such as birthday cakes and gift baskets, have slightly different requirements.

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    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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    How long does it take to receive an EBT card after signing up?

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    After signing up for EBT, it takes up to 33 days to receive an EBT card. An application can take 30 days to be approved before the EBT card is sent out, which usually takes two or three days to reach the individual, depending on the speed of the post office.

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    Where can you use an EBT card?

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    While exactly where an EBT card can be used varies by location the cards are accepted at grocery stores and convenience stores. Some farmers markets' also accept EBT cards. Large retailers such as Walmart, Target, Kroger and other grocery chains are likely places that accept EBT cards.

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