In today’s post we’re going to answer one of our most frequently asked questions – how to check the balance on your Georgia EBT card. We will walk you through the balance check process, as well as provide you with the number to check Georgia food stamp balance. To learn how, keep reading below.
How to check Georgia food stamp balance
An Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card is a plastic, debit-like card that is used to receive SNAP benefits from the federal government. An EBT card is provided to every participant in Georgia SNAP free of charge. The card is not a debit or credit card and can only be used to redeem SNAP benefits at approved grocery stores. Monthly SNAP benefits can only be used to purchase eligible food items. EBT cards are automatically reloaded between the 4th to the 18th of each month.
When you are at the store and ready to use your EBT card be sure you have created a PIN number and that your benefits are available. Visit a store that accepts the Georgia EBT card, there should be a sign promoting that they accept EBT. Once at the checkout you will slide your card through the machine, if available, or hand your card to the cashier for payment. You will then be prompted to enter your 4 digit PIN into the machine or type it without telling the cashier. Keep your receipt for your records.
Your PIN is a Personal Identification Number that is used for security purposes when you use your EBT card. In order to purchase food using your EBT card, you must know your 4 digit PIN number that you set up when you received your card.
If you need to set up a PIN or forgot your PIN number you can call the customer service number written on the back of your EBT card. When creating a PIN, it should be a 4 digit number that will be easy for you to remember, but not something that could easily be determined if your card is stolen. Your PIN should never be revealed for any reason to another person, including checkout personnel. Do not write your PIN down or carry your PIN in anything that could be stolen or lost. If you feel like your PIN number has been compromised, contact customer service and follow the instructions for PIN selection/change or sign into your online account. Once someone knows your PIN number, they are able to use your benefits without permission.
Number to check Georgia food stamp balance
There are two options for retrieving your Georgia Food Stamps balance – online or by phone. If you want to check your balance online, you can do so by going to the Connect EBT website and logging in to your EBT account. Once logged in to your Connect EBT account, you’ll be able to view your current food stamps balance. For help on logging into your Connect EBT account to check your balance, check out our post here.
If you would like to check your Georgia Food Stamp balance by phone, call the Georgia Customer Service phone number to get your EBT balance information. You can call them toll free at 1-888-421-3281. You will need your card information, such as your PIN number to be able to use this option so be sure to have your EBT card ready.
If your card was lost or stolen contact customer service at 1-888-421-3281 to report it and have a replacement card sent. Your old card will be unable for use as soon as it is reported. A new card will be mailed and arrive within 7 business days. Benefits are only protected from the time that the card is reported lost or stolen.
We hope this post was helpful to you! If you have more questions about your Georgia EBT card, please leave those in the comments section below. Also, be sure to check out the links below for more help on checking your food stamps balance.