Electronic Benefits Transfer for SNAP, WIC, and Cash Payments
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What is EBT?
EBT is used in all states to issue food stamp benefits
Many states also issue cash benefits such as TANF
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,
- 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
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.