How to Use Food Stamps (EBT Card)

You will receive a plastic card with a magnetic strip (like the one on a credit or debit card) in the mail, which you can use to connect with your cash, food stamp and/or child care assistance.  If you are homeless or do not have a mailing address, your card will be sent to a post office near you marked as General Delivery.

Along with your EBT card, you will receive a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that protects your account from being used by someone else.

Your PIN is a secret number, which only you know, that allows you to use your EBT card to buy foods that are on the list of allowable food items.

Keep your PIN secret and do not write it down on the card or card sleeve. Without the PIN, nobody else can use your card.

Keep your Horizon card even if your case closes.  This will save you time if you reapply for help in the future, you won't have to wait for a new card to be mailed to you.

When Food Stamps are Available

Food stamp benefits are automatically added to your food stamp EBT account once the agency has decided you can receive food stamp benefits.

To check the balance on your EBT card or if you have questions about using your card call (800) 997-4444.

For every month that you receive food stamp benefits, your benefits will be automatically deposited into your EBT account based on the first letter of your last name: