The California EBT Card, also called the Golden State Advantage card is prepaid debit card similar to the ones issued by a bank or credit union. It is issued to those eligible for SNAP/Food Stamps benefits or other Cash Benefit programs.
California EBT Card Balance
To check the balance on your EBT card, you have three (options).
Option 1 – Check Your Last Receipt:
This is perhaps the easiest option to check your food stamps card balance. Just look at the bottom of your last transaction receipt and printed on it is the amount remaining in your account. See the picture below, showing an example of where to find the balance information on your receipt.
Option 2 – Check Your Balance Online:
The second option is to check the balance online using the EBT Website. The website is set up as a resource for EBT cardholders. You can login to check your card balance, look at transactions that have posted to your account, get updates about your claim status and also find the nearest ATM or place that accepts EBT Card/Food Stamps. Click here to login. You will need your username and password. If you do not remember your username or password, there is a link to help you retreive that information. See arrows in the image below:
California EBT Card Balance
Option 3 – Check Your California EBT Card Balance By Phone:
The third option is to check the balance of your EBT card by calling the customer service number listed on the back of your card. The number to call, toll free is 1-877-398-9677. You need to have your card number ready. You can also call the customer service number for the following issues:
Another option is to check your food stamp benefit account balance at a Point of Sale (POS) machine.
You can get the transaction history and check EBT balance on your account by following the instructions outlined below. But first, let’s talk about what the EBT card is all about.
What is EBT Card?
EBT stands for Electronic Benefits Transfer and it is run by the individual welfare departments of participating states. The card is used to provide benefit payments to recipients. Specifically, it is used to make food stamp and cash benefit payments to eligible recipients. If you would like to learn more about the EBT card, visit the wikipedia page on the topic.
Check EBT Balance
Get the balance on your card by going to the EBT website specific for your state. For example to check the balance for the Florida card, you will go to the Florida Department of Children and Family website and locate the EBT page. You can click here to be taken directly to that page. The payment come from the USDA Food Stamp Program through their SNAP payments. To get your balance, click here.
If you do not have online access, you need to register your card and follow the instructions indicated for activating your account. There are a host of things you can do once online. This includes checking the balance on your account, reviewing your transaction history, making sure there are no suspicious transactions on your account, and requesting a change of address or any other pertinent account information that will ensure that your benefit payments are not delayed.
EBT debit cards have become a source of targeted criminal activity where people looking to commit fraud will gain access to EBT cards and drain the account of funds. This is especially true for people who are receiving cash payments through their card. There are several ways that this happens. The first is through “Phishing”. This is a process where people illegally gain access to your account by sending suspicious emails to you requesting that you verify account information. They will then embed a link in the email, which will send you to a fake website that looks exactly like the page you normally use to log into your account. Once you enter your account information, that is then harvested and used to illegally log into your real account. Once they gain access to your account, they then drain your account of all the funds. Be on the lookout for suspicious emails. If you are unsure, call the EBT customer service line to ask them if they indeed sent that email.