How to Use SNAP (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, SNAP (Food Stamps) 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 SNAP Benefits are Available
SNAP benefits are automatically added to your SNAP EBT account once the agency has decided you are eligible to receive SNAP 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 SNAP benefits, your benefits will be automatically deposited into your EBT account based on the first letter of your last name:
- A - G available on the 5th
- H - O available on the 11th
- P - Z available on the 15th