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