Food-stamps benefits can be cancelled by contacting the assigned case worker and requesting benefits to be cancelled. Failure to meet the requirements or respond to requests by the state Department of Social Services or a case worker may result in the suspension or cancellation of benefits. When closing a food-stamps account, the beneficiary may be required to provide reasons for requesting the cancellation of benefits.
Changes in income, living situation and other benefits being received must be reported to a case worker immediately. An increase in benefits or income may automatically close a food-stamps account because the recipient no longer qualifies for those benefits. Not using food-stamps benefits for 365 days or more causes the benefits to be returned to the state and the account to be closed. The process by which a food-stamps account is closed, including how long it takes and whether or not the beneficiary is liable to repay some of the benefits received and used, varies by state. The department that issues food stamps may also vary by state. The Department of Social Services, Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Temporary and Disability Assistance or other government agencies may be in charge of the food-stamps programs in a given state.Learn More
To check your food stamp status, call the EBT customer service line for your state, or visit your state's EBT website. Each state's EBT customer service number and website is listed on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service website.Full Answer >
The first food stamp program started on May 16, 1939. The program was implemented due to widespread unemployment and food surpluses. People on government relief programs could purchase orange stamps in an amount equivalent to their normal food costs.Full Answer >
Lost or stolen food stamp cards in Louisiana require a call to a customer service center. Food stamp cards in Louisiana are run by the Electronic Benefit Transfer system under the name Louisiana Purchase Card.Full Answer >
Food stamp fraud is reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of the Inspector General by telephone, mail, or email. Fraud can also be reported to your state's food stamp office.Full Answer >