The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card is a convenient way for eligible households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to spend their food stamp benefits. Each month, recipients receive benefits on their EBT cards, allowing them to buy eligible items from stores where the food benefit cards are accepted.
Exactly what time do food stamps appear on EBT card? This article breaks down the EBT benefits deposit schedule as well as when to expect the funds to appear on your card.
EBT Benefit Deposit Schedule
Although SNAP is a federal program, the food stamp benefits are administered by each state. This means the SNAP EBT deposit schedule varies between states.
That said, deposits often show up on EBT cards near the beginning of each month in most cases. Depending on your state, the payment schedule can be based on any of these variables:
1. Recipients’ Date of Birth
Some states, such as Missouri, Maine, Nevada, and Idaho, make deposits based on the last digit of the recipient’s birth year.
For example, food stamp deposits are made within the first 10 days of the month in Idaho. You can expect to see the balance on your EBT card on the first day of the month if the last digit of your birth year is 1. If the last digit is 2, you should see your food stamp funds on the second day of the month, and so on.
2. Recipients’ Social Security Number
Deposit schedules can be based on the last digit of the recipient’s Social Security Number (SSN). Some states that use SSNs to determine payment schedules include Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Oregon. Remember that the deposit date can span several days in these states.
3. First Letter of Recipients’ Last Names
Like the last digit of your birth year, some states spread EBT deposits over a few days based on the first letter of each SNAP recipient’s last name. Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland are a few examples.
4. Recipients’ Eligibility Determination Group Number
Electronic benefit transfer deposit schedules for some states are based on each SNAP participant’s Eligibility Determination Group (EDG) number.
For example, recipients in Texas can expect food stamp benefits to appear on their EBT cards over 15 days based on the last digit of their EDG. The deposits begin on the first day of the month with participants whose EDG number ends with a 0. Recipients whose last digits end with a 9 get their deposits on the 15th day of the month.
5. Within Specific Days of the Month
What time do food stamps appear on EBT card if your state doesn’t use the birth year or social security number to determine payment schedules?
The exact date varies between states. For example, Alaska, Guam, Rhode Island, and Vermont make EBT deposits on the first day of each month. Other states like California, Iowa, and Kansas usually send food stamps within the first 10 days of the month.
You can contact your state SNAP office to know when to expect food stamps on your EBT card.
6. Application Date
The date you applied for SNAP and when your application is finalized can be used as a basis for making EBT deposits. This is mostly used in Washington, DC, where food stamp benefits can appear from the 1st through the 20th of each month.
The breakdown is as follows:
- Participants will receive their food stamps on the 1st through the 10th of the month if they apply for SNAP between the 1st and 15th and have their application finalized no later than the 15th.
- Participants can expect to receive their food stamp benefits on the 11th through the 20th of the month if they apply for SNAP no later than the 15th, and the application was finalized between the 16th and 31st of the month.
- Participants will receive benefits on their EBT cards on the 1st through 10th of the month if they apply between the 16th and 22nd, regardless of when the application was finalized.
- Participants will get food stamps from the 11th through the 20th of the month if they apply for SNAP between the 23rd and 31st, regardless of when the application was finalized.
What to Do if Your EBT Card Is Not Refilled
There are several reasons you may not receive food stamp benefits on your EBT card. One of the common reasons is failing to recertify for SNAP benefits. Fortunately, resolving the issue is easy in most cases unless you violate SNAP rules in some way.
It is usually best to contact your local SNAP office if your food stamp funds don’t appear on your EBT card as and when due. Consider reading our detailed guide here to learn more about what to do if your card isn’t topped up.