Can you take money off food stamp cards

No. You cannot get cash back from your food stamp account.

All food stamps and most cash benefits are distributed by Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT).

To use your EBT card for a food or cash purchase at a store:

  • 1- Before you shop, check your last receipt to find out how much money is in your account, or call 1-800-997-2555 for your balance.
  • 2- Look for the Quest® mark on the door or the window of the store.
  • 3- At check-out, your EBT card is swiped.
  • 4- Enter your secret PIN on the number pad, then press Enter.
  • 5- Tell the clerk how much money to enter or enter the purchase amount yourself. Remember, you can only buy eligible food items with your food benefits.
  • 6- Always check your receipt to make sure that the amount on the EBT receipt is the same as your grocery receipt.

For a withdrawal at a store:

  • 1-Get your balance by looking at your receipt, or call 1-800-997-2555.
  • 2- Look for the Quest® mark.
  • 3- Your card is swiped.
  • 4- Enter your secret PIN on the number pad, then press Enter.
  • 5- Tell the clerk how much money to enter or enter the amount yourself.
  • 6- Check to make sure the amount on the receipt is the same as the amount of cash you received.

For a cash withdrawal at a cash machine (ATM):

  • 1- Always follow directions on the ATM.
  • 2- Insert your EBT card.
  • 3- Enter your secret PIN.
  • 4- Press Withdrawal.
  • 5- Press Checking.
  • 6- Enter the dollar amount you want.
  • 7- Take your cash from the machine.
  • 8- Wait for your card and receipt.
  • 9- Check the receipt to make sure it is the same as the amount you got.
  • 10- Do NOT count your money at the machine.
  • 11- Always check the receipt to make sure it is the same amount as your cash received.
  • 12- Keep the receipt so you will know how much you have left in your account.

Learn more about your EBT card here.

Get some healthy eating tips at ChooseMyPlate.gov.

In the news, even though the previous Congress spent two years fighting over comprehensive food stamp legislation, some Republicans in the current Congress want another bite.

New legislation would require Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to show photo identification when they use their government-issued debit cards to buy food. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) introduced the SNAP Verify Act recently. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) offered a similar bill in January.

"This act seeks to protect those who truly need SNAP assistance, and ensures those who would defraud recipients and the U.S. taxpayer are unable," Salmon said in a statement. Read more at the Huffington Post.

Updated on Monday, February 16 2015 at 03:43AM EST
Source: otda.ny.gov/...