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How do I get an EBT card in New York?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, is distributed through the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.

Food stamp support for NY residents

The federal government provides funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the largest food support initiative in action in the United States.

Also known as ‘food stamps’, SNAP benefits are designed to ensure that eligible low-income households do not have to go without essentials. This has been particularly vital during the pandemic, which has seen millions of Americans lose their livelihoods.

SNAP benefits payments are distributed though the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system, which provides recipients with a card, similar to a debit card, which will be automatically loaded with th beneficiary’s entitlement.

How to apply for an EBT card in New York

The EBT card is the distribution method for SNAP benefits, so you will need to apply for the program to receive your card. Although the program receives federal funding it is administrated at a state level, meaning that the eligibility requirements can vary. To find out if you are eligible for the program in New York, head over to the Apply for SNAP online portal.

In New York, the easiest way to apply for food stamps support is online, on the MyBenefits website. You can also apply in person by calling your local SNAP office or by contacting the New York SNAP hotline on 1-800-342-3009.

If you have any issue with the application process for the SNAP benefits, contact New York’s EBT customer service number on 1-888-328-6399.

How to use an EBT card

Your EBT card functions like a regular bank card and automatically debits your benefits allowance as purchases are made on the card. And just like a debit card, you can check your balance and carry out other tasks using a mobile app.

The ConnectEBT app allows recipients of food stamps to check their balance, deposits and transaction history on the go. The app is available to download for free on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

To make the most of the handy online resource, you first need to register your EBT card and choose your User ID and password on the ConnectEBT mobile app or on ConnectEBT.com. You will be able to carry out the same functions on either platform and registering on one will ensure that your card and account are linked on both.