Your EBT Card Questions Answered

Welcome to EBT Card Balance page, where we help you get the balance on your EBT Debit card and answer your questions regarding your SNAP or Food Stamps benefits. EBT Card Fraud and abuse is becoming a serious problem and people are being put in jail for buying things with their card they are not allowed to buy. Watch this video and learn how you can avoid going to jail for unauthorized purchases with your card. Here is a list of items you are allowed to buy with your EBT Card.

Check your EBT Card balance by State

Check EBT Card Balance by State

Click on your state below to get information on how to check your EBT Card balance

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California Calfresh EBT Card Balance
Colorado Quest Card Balance
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida Access EBT Card Balance 
Georgia Food Stamps EBT Card Balance
Hawaii EBT Food Stamps Balance
Idaho
Illinois Link Card Balance
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine Food Stamps EBT Card Balance
Maryland Independence Card Balance
Massachusetts Bay State Access Card Balance
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana Access SNAP Balance
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey EBT Food Stamps Balance
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina Food Stamps EBT Card Balance
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina SNAP EBT Card Balance
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin Quest Card Balance
Wyoming

We have provided detailed instructions for each state. They all don’t have the same process for checking SNAP Benefits balances the same. Some have contracted the service out to JP Morgan Chase while others are using different service providers, like Xerox Business Services among others to process transactions and manage their programs. If you have specific questions regarding your Food Stamps account, call the number at the back of your card. Here are the list of foods you can buy with your EBT card. Also, you should not try to sell your EBT Card or exchange the funds on the card for anything other than the foods you are approved to buy. Doing that will be committing SNAP benefits fraud, which could land you and whoever in on this with you in jail.

If you need to renew your benefits, call the state agency that directly handles your program. It will be the same agency that approved you for the program. Do not call the EBT customer service number since they are only a service provider for the state and cannot approve, renew or modify your SNAP benefits.

 

Wisconsin EBT Card Balance Check

The Wisconsin EBT Card, also known as the Quest Card, can be used to buy groceries at point of sale terminals in stores that take part in FoodShare. The Wisconsin EBT Card is a plastic debit-like card with your name, card number and the Wisconsin Quest logo. This program is set up by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as a safe and easy way to get and use your food benefits that are assigned to you each month. The Wisconsin EBT Card is reloadable, so you do not need to get a new one every month, but you must have it with you in-store to purchase food using your FoodShare account.

In this post, we outline the different methods for obtaining the balance on your Wisconsin EBT Quest Card.

Wisconsin EBT Card Balance Check

 

Wisconsin EBT Card Balance

 Below are three options for checking the balance on your Wisconsin EBT Quest Card:

Option 1 – Call Customer Service:

You should always know the balance in your account before you shop. If you are unsure of your current remaining EBT balance, the first option for retrieving this information is to call the Quest Customer Service hotline at 1-877-415-5164. Be sure to have your EBT card number ready. You will be asked to provide this information before you are able to retrieve your balance information.

Option 2 –  Check Your Last Receipt: 

Your second option for obtaining your Wisconsin EBT Card balance is to check your last purchase receipt.

When redeeming your FoodShare benefits using your Quest card, you will be given a receipt (if you are not given one, please ask). At the bottom of your receipt, you will find a balance. This balance is the current remaining funds on your Wisconsin EBT Quest Card.

Option 3 – Visit the Quest Card Website::

Your last option for obtaining the balance on your Wisconsin EBT Card is to visit the Wisconsin EBT Quest Card website. When you visit the website, Quest cardholders must enter their EBT Card Number, which is found on the front of your Quest card. Once logged into your account, you will have access to balance information and transaction history.

See below for what the website looks like and what you will need to do:

Wisconsin EBT Card Balance Check

It is also possible to check your balance at an ATM or POS machine.

 

Hawaii EBT Card Balance Check

The Hawaii Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program processes payments for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and public financial assistance. The Hawaii EBT program uses a debit-like card for issuing cash and SNAP benefits at approved food retailers. Those recipients receiving cash assistance may also choose to have their cash benefits directly deposited in to their personal bank accounts. In this post, we discuss the various ways you can check the balance on your  Hawaii EBT Card.

Hawaii EBT Card Balance Check

Hawaii EBT Card Balance

Below, are the following ways you can retrieve the balance on your Hawaii EBT Card.

Option 1 – Check Your Receipt:
Check your Hawaii EBT Card balance by locating your last transaction receipt. Each EBT Card transaction receipt will have your remaining cash benefit balanced listed on the bottom. If your receipts are readily available, this is the easiest way for you to obtain your current EBT Card balance.

Option 2 – Call the Hawaii EBT Card Phone Number:
If you do not have your last transaction receipt, give the Hawaii EBT Card phone number a call at 1-866-352-5878. A representative at the Hawaii EBT Hotline can provide you with your current EBT balance. Please have your EBT Card number PIN ready before calling. You will be provided with your balance as soon as you provide the representative with your information.

Option 3 – Visit the Hawaii EBT Card Website:

If an online balance check is your preference, visit the Hawaii EBT Card website (click here to access the site). Simply visit the website and enter your UCard Center User ID and Password to retrieve your current card balance, as well as, transaction history. If this is your first time visiting the site, you must first activate and register your Hawaii EBT Card by clicking on the appropriate links. If you have forgotten your User ID and/or Password you can retrieve that by answering a few security questions and resetting your password. Below, is a screenshot of the Hawaii EBT UCard Center and what links you will need to access to retrieve your balance information:

Hawaii EBT Card Balance Check

Hawaii EBT Card Balance Check

 

 

New Jersey EBT Card Balance Check

The New Jersey EBT Card Program, also called the Families First EBT Card, enables low-income individuals and families to receive cash benefits to help pay for food. The Food Stamp Program administers EBT Cards to those who are eligible. The County Welfare Agency is responsible for determining the eligibility of those who apply for the New Jersey Families First EBT Program.

The New Jersey EBT Card is similar to a bank card, in the sense that you must use your Personal Identification Number (PIN) to use the benefits deposited into your card. Once the benefits are deposited, you may begin using your card to redeem benefits.

In this post, we address how to check the balance on your New Jersey EBT Card–

new jersey ebt card balance check

New Jersey EBT Card Balance

These are the three ways you can check the balance on your New Jersey EBT Card:

Option 1 – Check Your Last Receipt:
The first way to check the balance on your New Jersey EBT Card is by locating your last receipt. Your last transaction receipt will have the remaining balance on your EBT Card appearing at the bottom. If you lose this receipt, don’t worry, there are other ways to find out your EBT balance; however, this is the quickest and easiest way to do so.

Option 2 – Visit the New Jersey EBT Card Website:

Your next option for checking the balance on your EBT Card is to visit the New Jersey EBT Card Information Website. Upon visiting the website, you will be asked to enter your User ID and Password to login and obtain your card balance. If you do not have a User ID and Password or have forgotten it, there are links underneath the login button to retrieve this information. Your New Jersey Families First EBT Card account will also five you access to your transaction history. Below is the New Jersey EBT Card Website and the steps that needed to be completed to access your balance information:

new jersey ebt card balance check

New Jersey EBT Card Balance Check

Option 3 – Contact the New Jersey EBT Card Program Hotline:
Your third option for obtaining the balance on your New Jersey Families First EBT Card is to call the program hotline. The New Jersey Food Stamps Program hotline is toll-free and can be reached at 1-800-792-9773. Before contacting the hotline, make sure you have your Card Number and PIN ready. You will be asked this information to retrieve your card balance information.

 

Montana EBT Card Balance Check

The Montana EBT Access Card for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a debit-like card issued to eligible applicants for the purchase of food. Households who meet the gross and net income standards for the program may receive SNAP benefits on their Montana EBT Access Card a monthly basis.

To use the card, cardholders simply swipe it through a point-of-sale device and enter a personal identification number (PIN) to authorize the transaction. Below, we outline the different ways you can check the balance on your Montana EBT Access Card.

montana ebt card balance check

Montana EBT Card Balance

Here are the three ways you can check the balance on your Montana EBT Card:

Option 1 – Find Your Last Receipt:
One way to check the balance on your Montana EBT Access Card is by finding your last transaction receipt. Your receipt will have the remaining balance on your EBT Card at the bottom, so it is important to save these for quick access to your balance.

Option 2 – Call the Montana Access Card Staff:
For balance information, call the Montana EBT Access Card staff at the following phone number:

Cardholder Help Desk, (866) 850-1556

When contacting the Cardholder Help Desk, have your Access Card number and PIN ready. The attendant will ask for this information in order to retrieve your balance. You will be provided with your balance as soon as you provide the attendant with your information.

Option 3 – Go to the Montana Access Card Website:

The last option available for checking the balance on your Montana EBT Access Card is by logging on to the Montana Access Card website. At the website, you can check the remaining balance on your Access Card, as well as, check the last 10 transactions on your card. To access this information, you just need to submit your 16 digit Montana EBT Access Card. Here is the Montana EBT Card Website and what you will need to do to access your information:

montana ebt card balance check

Montana EBT Card Balance Check

 

Illinois EBT Card Balance Check

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamps Program, helps low income families buy the food they need for good health. The Illinois EBT Card, also called the Illinois Link Card, is managed by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and administered by the Illinois Department of Human Resources. This post is outlines the different ways you can check the balance on your Illinois Link Card.

Illinois EBT Card Balance Check

Illinois EBT Card Balance

There are 3 ways to check the balance on your Illinois Link Card:

Option 1 – Check Your Last Receipt:
The easiest way to check the balance on your Illinois Link Card is by locating your last transaction receipt. The remaining available EBT balance on your Illinois Link Card can be located at the bottom left of your receipt. It is important to keep your transaction receipts for this reason.

Option 2 – Contact the Illinois Link Card Help Line:
If you do not have your last transaction receipt, your second option for checking the balance on your EBT Card is to call the Illinois Link Help Line. The help line is toll free and can be reached at 1-800-678-LINK (5465) or 1-877-765-3459. Make sure you have your EBT card number available, your balance will be provided as soon as it’s entered.

Option 3 – Visit the Illinois Link Card Website:
Your third option for checking the balance on your Illinois EBT Card is to visit the Illinois Link Card website. You will be asked your social security number, date of birth, pin and/or card number before you can log into your Illinois Link Card Account. Once you are logged in, you will have access to your balance information, as well as, transaction history. If you have any trouble doing so, do not hesitate to contact the Illinois Link Help Line.

Below is the Illinois Link Card Website including the information required for accessing your Link Card account:

Illinois EBT Card Balance Check

Illinois EBT Card Balance Check

You can also retrieve your balance at an ATM using a balance inquiry; however, you may be charged a fee for doing so.

 

Maine EBT Card Balance Check

The Maine EBT Card, also known as the Pine Tree Card, is a safe and easy way to get and use your food benefits that are assigned to you each month. The Maine EBT Card is reloadable, so you do not need to get a new one every month. In this post, we outline the different methods for obtaining the balance on your Maine EBT Card.

Maine EBT Card Balance Check

Maine EBT Card Balance

 Below are the three options for checking the balance on your EBT Card:

Option 1 – Check Your Last Receipt:

The first option for accessing the balance on your EBT Card is to check your last transaction receipt. The current remaining balance on your Maine EBT Card will be displayed at the bottom left of your receipt.

We have included an example of where you can locate your EBT Card balance on your receipt, below:

EBT Balance Receipt

 Option 2 – Visit the Maine EBT Website:

Your second option for obtaining the balance on your EBT Card is to visit the Maine EBT Card website. When you visit the website, Maine EBT cardholders must enter their user ID and password to access their account. Once logged into your account, you will have access to balance information and transaction history.

If this is your first time on the Maine EBT Card website, you must first register your card and create an account. If you have forgotten your user ID and/or password access the “Forgotten User ID/Reset Password” link.

See below for what the website looks like and what you will need to do:

Maine EBT Card Balance Check

Maine EBT Card Balance Check

Option 3 – Call the Maine EBT Customer Service Hotline:

The last option available for obtaining your EBT Card balance is to call the Maine EBT Card Customer Service Hotline at  is to call Florida ACCESS EBT Customer Service number at 1-800-477-7428. This is a toll-free hotline. You will be asked to enter you sixteen (16) digit EBT card number. Once you have done so, the attendant will provide you with your current EBT Card balance.

It is also possible to check your balance at an ATM or POS machine.

 

Colorado EBT Card Balance Check

The Colorado EBT Card, also called the Quest Card is administered by the Department of Human Services for Food Assistance benefits. The Colorado Quest Card looks like a credit or bank card and can be used at any authorized store across the country.

Colorado EBT Card Balance Check

Colorado EBT Card Balance

There are three options for checking the balance on your EBT Card:

Option 1 – Check Your Last Receipt:
The quickest and easiest way to check your Colorado Quest Card balance is to look at your last receipt. It is important to keep your receipts because the remaining EBT balance will be at the bottom of the receipt.

Option 2 – Check Your Balance Online:
If you don’t have your receipts, the next best option for checking your EBT balance is to access the Colorado Quest Card website at the Chase UCard Center. To check your balance, you must login to your account using your UCard Center User ID and Password. If this is your first time logging in, you must register for the UCard Center first. Your account will give you access to balance information, as well as, transaction history.

The following image will show you what the Chase UCard Center looks like when logging into your account:

Colorado EBT Card Balance Check

Colorado EBT Card Balance 

Option 3 – Contact Customer Service:
The last option for checking your EBT balance on the Colorado Quest Card is to call customer service. You can contact the Colorado Quest Card customer service at 1-888-328-2656 or 1-800-659-2656.  You need to have your card number ready.  You are allowed 10 balance inquiry calls per month. You should always have your account balance ready before you call.

Foods you CAN by with the Colorado Quest Card are breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, seeds and plants.

Foods you CANNOT buy with the Colorado Quest Card are any nonfood items such as beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, tobacco, pet foods, soaps, paper products, household supplies, toothpaste, cosmetics, vitamins, medicines, foods that can be eaten in the store and hot foods.

 

Is it illegal to buy food stamps from someone?

Another popular question we see on forums and question boards is this: Is it illegal to buy food stamps from someone? As we stated in our previous post, the government has very strict guidelines on what you can and cannot buy with your EBT or Food Stamps debit card. If you do not know what you are allowed to buy, see the list below:

"list of foods you can buy with EBT Card"

As you can see, the list includes food items. You are therefore NOT allowed to sell your food stamps card or your EBT Card. It is Illegal to buy one from someone. Both the buyer and seller are committing food stamps fraud and if caught could end up in jail. Also, any card holder committing fraud will not only lose their benefits but will be denied future benefits forever. This also includes going to a store and giving your food stamps card in exchange for cash which is usually less than the value on the card.

While we are at it, let’s also cover the food items that are allowed under the SNAP/EBT Card program:

"List of foods you cannot buy with food stamps"

Here are videos of EBT Card holders and Shop Owners that were arrested for Fraud, including buying or selling EBT Cards.

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List of foods you can buy with EBT Card

We get emails from EBT Card holders about the list of foods you can buy with EBT Card. In this article, we will answer the question in detail. The Food Stamps program or SNAP program is intended to provide nutritional food to those eligible. There are strict guidelines about what you can buy with the card and what you cannot. If you are caught using the card to buy an item not permitted or a service, you are committing EBT Card Fraud and if caught could face jail time. The most common questions we get are the following:

– Can I buy Baby Food/Infant Formula with SNAP benefits? The Answer is YES. This includes infant formula, cereals, juices, and baby food in boxes and jars.

– Can you buy hot food with SNAP Card? The Answer is NO.

– Can you buy slimfast with Food Stamps? The Answer is generally YES, but your state may prohibit it – so check with your state’s food stamp program.

– How about dog food? The Answer is NO.

List of foods you can buy with EBT Card

The items you can buy with your card is governed by the The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 which defines eligible food as any food or food product for home consumption and also includes seeds and plants which produce food for consumption by SNAP households. You are allowed to use your SNAP benefits card to buy foods that your household will eat, including the following :

  • breads and cereals
  • fruits and vegetables
  • meats, fish and poultry; and
  • dairy products
  • Seeds and plants to produce food for the household to eat
  • Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream
  • Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes
  • Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label
  • Energy drinks that have a supplement facts label are classified by the FDA as supplements, and are therefore not eligible

Now that you know what you can buy with your SNAP card, here are the list of things you CANNOT buy with the card:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Any nonfood items, such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, diapers, and household supplies
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot foods
  • Live animals

NOTE: In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals. For more details, visit the USDA’s website.

As we mentioned earlier, using your benefits cards for foods that are not approved can land you in jail and the government is serious about arresting business owners who allow card holders to use their benefits for illegal items. Also, benefit holders who are caught not only could go to jail but are denied any future benefits FOREVER. This includes getting cash instead of food or groceries. It is therefore not worth taking the chance to use your EBT Card for what it is not intended for. You can view the videos below about food stamps fraud and business owners and card holders arresting for committing EBT Fraud.

Food Stamps Fraud Videos:

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