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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that allows a recipient to authorize transfer of their government benefits from a Federal account to a retailer account to pay for products received. EBT is used in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. EBT has been implemented in all States since June of 2004.

EBT Status Highlights
EBT Status Report
EBT Rules & Regulations - Current rules governing EBT system implementation and operation.
EBT Disaster Guidelines - The purpose of this Guide is to assist EBT States in developing their disaster plans.  Responses to recent disasters have demonstrated EBT can effectively deliver SNAP benefits during a disaster situation. Click here to link to FNS Disaster Assistance Website
EBT & Farmers' Markets - This section provides information on accepting SNAP benefits at Farmers' Markets.
  -- Evaluation of the Hilo Farmers' Market Demonstration.  The Hilo farmers’ market demonstration tests an alternative to the conventional implementation of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) found in the traditional retailer environment.
  -- Click here for information about the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program and the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.
State EBT Websites - Provides links to various State EBT websites.

Last modified: 11/21/2012

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