Electronic Benefits Transfer for SNAP, WIC, and Cash Payments
   What is EBT?
  • EBT is used in all states to issue food stamp benefits to recipients.
  • Many states also issue cash benefits such as TANF using EBT.
  • Recipients are issued an "EBT Card" similar to a bank ATM or debit card to receive and use their food stamp and/or cash benefits.
  • Benefits are automatically deposited onto the card by the State.
  • Recipients with food stamp benefits can use their EBT Card for eligible food purchases at most grocery stores and some other retailers. Food stamps can only be used for food and for plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat. Food stamps cannot be used to buy:

  • - Any nonfood item, such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, and household supplies, grooming items, toothpaste, and cosmetics.
    - Alcoholic beverages and tobacco.
    - Vitamins and medicines.
  • Recipients with cash benefits can use their EBT Card like cash for purchases and cash-back with purchases at grocery stores and at most ATMs (automated teller machines).
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What is WIC EBT?

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and
the Michigan WIC Bridge Card

- the safe and easy way for you to buy your WIC foods.
Your family's WIC food benefits will be automatically deposited until your next WIC visit.

You will use your Michigan WIC Bridge Card to purchase your WIC food benefits at WIC stores that display the Michigan WIC Bridge Card Accepted Here Sign.

EBT does not change the amount of WIC food benefits you receive, it just makes getting them easier and safer.
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