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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 do you check your EBT card balance?

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    To check your EBT card balance, use the toll-free number, 1-888-328-6399, which is available in English and Spanish to recipients 24 hours per day, seven days per week. You can also use the cardholder account website by visiting ebt.acs.com, which also gives information in English and Spanish.

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    What is the procedure to replace a lost EBT card?

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    To replace a lost Electronics Benefits Transfer card, visit the state's EBT website and report the loss right away; the username and password will be required to log in to the issuing agency's site. The website of the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture contains links to each state's EBT website for convenience.

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