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namvet
10-12-2011, 03:22 PM
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that automates the delivery, redemption, and reconciliation of issued public assistance benefits. EBT is the method for distributing CalFresh benefits (formerly known as Food Stamps and currently known federally as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits), California Food Assistance Program benefits, and cash aid benefits. EBT is currently used in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.

Recipients of public assistance in California access their issued benefits with the Golden State Advantage EBT card. The cardholder simply slides this card through a point-of-sale (POS) device, or uses the card at an automated teller machine (ATM). The card is convenient, secure, and reduces the stigma sometimes associated with public assistance.

The positive effects of EBT in California extend beyond the cardholder. Others who benefit include federal, state, and county governments, retailers, financial institutions, and taxpayers. EBT food and cash aid benefits can be redeemed at more than 80,000 locations in California.

Click on the image of the EBT card below to visit the EBT Client Website (www.ebt.ca.gov).

For more information about CalFresh benefits, click on the CalFresh logo below.

http://www.ebtproject.ca.gov/

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Nubs
10-12-2011, 04:03 PM
The EBT cards do nothing more than legitimize and destigmatize the fact you are on food stamps. Before you had to rip out a bunch of multi colored coupons. The people in line knew you were on public assistance. Now you can swipe your EBT card and look like anyone else swiping a debit card.

namvet
10-12-2011, 04:13 PM
The EBT cards do nothing more than legitimize and destigmatize the fact you are on food stamps. Before you had to rip out a bunch of multi colored coupons. The people in line knew you were on public assistance. Now you can swipe your EBT card and look like anyone else swiping a debit card.

yeah i know. and obvioulsy capable of producing scams on the taxpayers

noonwitch
10-12-2011, 04:49 PM
It's ironic. The powers that be thought that the EBT cards would cut down on the welfare fraud that was going on with food stamps-like drug dealers taking food stamps instead of cash. It probably has stopped that type of fraud, to a large degree, but there is no program written into the stores' cash registers to prevent them from being used to buy alcohol with the card. They can make the machines refuse to ring up alcohol sales without a valid birthday, but they can't figure this one out?

Zathras
10-12-2011, 04:55 PM
California unemployment payments have also gone to a debit card format through Bank of America. With this however you can have the funds sent via electronic transfer to another account you have at another bank.