What is EBT/SNAP?

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SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the program formerly known as food stamps. It is a federal nutrition program that helps you stretch your food budget and buy healthy food.

SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and some farmers' markets and co-op food programs.

SNAP benefits are given to you each month on a plastic card called an EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card, which works like a debit card. Paper coupons are no longer used.

SNAP is a nutrition program. It is not a welfare cash assistance program (which may be called by a different name).

SNAP is a federal entitlement program. This means anyone who is eligible will receive benefits. You will not be taking away benefits from someone else if you apply. Find out if you may be eligible with the SNAP Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees SNAP at the federal level. Depending on your state, you apply for benefits through the designated state or county agency that administers the program, click here to find the office closest to you.