Getting cash out from your Food Stamp Program card is like using a debit card. You can get cash when making a purchase at participating cash-over grocery stores, gas stations and retailers. As well, you can directly withdraw cash from your Food Stamp Program card at many automatic teller machines (ATM). However, before cashing out, ensure you're enrolled in the state's cash assistance or supplemental nutrition assistance programs. If you are unsure where to check, contact your local welfare benefits office that issued your card.
Cash Out at the Store
Make a regular purchase at the store.
Swipe your Food Stamp Program card at the cash register, then enter your secret PIN.
Select "Cash" on the credit/debit card kiosk. Then enter the amount of cash you want. Alternatively, the cashier can -- or may be required -- to enter the cash amount for you.
Receive your cash from the cashier.
Cash Out at the ATM
Insert or swipe your Food Stamp Program card at the ATM.
Type your secret PIN to access your funds.
Select the "Withdrawal" or "Withdraw" option.
Press the "Checking" button, then enter the dollar value.
Remove the cash from the machine and take the receipt for your transaction.
- Food stamps are no longer issued in the United States; most states use a debit-card system known as "Electronic Benefit Transfer" (EBT).
- Most states have retained the Food Stamp Program name for their electronic food assistance benefits.
- Not all individuals qualify for cash assistance, even if you already qualify for food assistance.
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