In today’s post, we’re going to answer one of our most frequently asked questions – how to check your Georgia food stamp balance on your 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 to check your Georgia food stamp balance keep reading below.
In this post, we will cover:
- Georgia EBT Card Information
- Georgia Food Stamps Balance Check Instructions
- How to get a Replacement Georgia EBT Card
- Where and How to use your Georgia EBT Card
- Georgia EBT Frequently Asked Questions
Georgia EBT Card Information
An Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card is a plastic, debit-like card that is used to receive SNAP benefits from the federal government.
When approved for Georgia food stamps, an EBT Card will be sent to you in the mail. An EBT card is provided to every participant in Georgia SNAP free of charge.
Your EBT Card is not a debit or credit card. EBT Cards are to purchase eligible food items at approved grocery stores. Your EBT Card is automatically reloaded between the 4th to the 18th of each month.
For help on how to check your Georgia EBT Card balance, continue reading below.
How to check Georgia Food Stamp Balance
There are three options for retrieving your Georgia Food Stamps balance – online, by phone, or in-person. Follow the instructions on how to check your Georgia Food Stamp balance below.
Website to check Georgia Food Stamp Balance Online
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.
Number to check Georgia Food Stamp Balance by Phone
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 EBT Card number and PIN to be able to use this option. Be sure to have your EBT card information ready before you call.
Check Georgia Food Stamp Balance In-Person
To check your Georgia Food Stamp balance in-person, you will need to save your most recent store receipt. When you make a purchase using your EBT Card, your receipt will show your remaining available EBT Card balance at the bottom.
For help, please refer to the image below.
EBT Card PIN Information
Your EBT Card Personal Identification Number (PIN) keep your benefits secure from theft or fraud. To purchase food using your EBT card, you must know your 4-digit PIN number. This is the number you set up when you received your card in the mail.
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 your PIN, choose a 4-digit number combination that is easy for you to remember, but not something that can be easily guessed.
In addition, never reveal your EBT PIN number to anyone. This includes checkout personnel at the grocery store. Do not write your PIN down or keep it anywhere that it can be lost or stolen. Once someone knows your PIN number, they are able to use your benefits without your permission.
If you think your EBT Card PIN has been compromised, follow the instructions on how to get a replacement EBT Card below.
Replacement Georgia EBT Card
If your Georgia EBT card has been lost or stolen, immediately contact customer service at 1-888-421-3281. A customer service representative will report your card as lost and have it deactivated. Once your card is deactivated, you will no longer be able to use your benefits.
With that said, it is important you do this as soon as possible to protect your benefits. Benefits are only protected from the time that the card is reported lost or stolen.
After that, a customer service agent will submit a request to have a new replacement card be sent to you. Your new EBT Card will arrive in the mail within 7-10 business days.
For help on how and where to use your Georgia EBT Card, continue reading below.
How to use your Georgia EBT Card
Before you use your Georgia EBT Card at a store, first make sure you have the following items:
- Set-up your 4-digit PIN number
- Available benefits balance
Once you have the items listed above and are ready to use your EBT Card at the store, follow the instructions below.
- Visit an EBT-approved store
- Add eligible food items to your cart
- At checkout, slide your card at the Point-of-Sale machine or hand the card to the cashier for manual payment
- Enter your 4-digit PIN into the machine
- Keep your receipt to find your remaining EBT Card balance
It is important that you visit an EBT approved grocery store when you are ready to use your benefits. For a list of Georgia EBT approved stores, keep reading below.
Stores that accept EBT in Georgia
There are hundreds of stores that accept EBT Cards in Georgia. Any easy way to tell if a store accepts EBT as payment is to look for an EBT sign in the front store window. Another sure way to tell if a store accepts EBT is to ask any store employee.
A variety of stores including superstores, pharmacies, general stores, gas stations, convenience stores, speciality food stores, and farmer’s markets accept EBT in Georgia.
Some major grocery store chains that accept EBT in Georgia include:
- Food Depot
- Food Lion
- Harveys Supermarket
- Ingles Markets
- Piggly Wiggly
- Sprouts Farmers Market
- Super Mercado
- The Fresh Market
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods Market
For a complete list of grocery stores that accept Georgia EBT Card as payment, check out our list here.
Georgia EBT FAQs
Check out the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about the Georgia EBT Card.
When will I receive my Georgia EBT benefits?
Georgia food stamps benefits are deposited based on the last 2-digits of your ID number. Use the Georgia EBT Deposit Date schedule for 2020, below:
|If your ID Number ends in||Benefits are deposited on the|
|00-09||5th of the month|
|10-19||7th of the month|
|20-29||9th of the month|
|30-39||11th of the month|
|40-49||13th of the month|
|50-59||15th of the month|
|60-69||17th of the month|
|70-79||19th of the month|
|80-89||21st of the month|
|90-99||23rd of the month|
What time will my Georgia EBT Benefits Be Deposited?
Your Georgia food stamps are deposited into EBT account on your scheduled deposit date every month. Your benefits will be available to use on your Georgia EBT Card by 6AM on your scheduled payment date.
How long does it take for benefits to post to an EBT card after approval?
At application, if you have never had a case, it takes 5-7 days to receive an EBT card.
However, if your case is under review you will receive benefits on your normal issuance cycle.
Can I use my EBT card in another states?
Your EBT card will work at any store or ATM that accepts EBT Cards in the United States, as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
There are no rules against using your EBT card outside of your state of residence. However, you are required to report any address change to your local county public assistance office.
If I don’t use all of the benefits I received this month, can I use them next month?
Yes. Benefits that are not used in the month issued will stay in the EBT account, and you may use these benefits in the following months.
Can I buy seafood with my Georgia EBT Card?
Yes, you can use your Georgia EBT Card to buy seafood and redeem your food stamp benefits. Eligible seafood items that can be purchased with your EBT card include shrimp, fish, lobster, crab, scallops, mussels, oysters, and more.
For more information on where you can purchase seafood with your EBT Card in Georgia, check out our post here.
Do farmer’s markets accept EBT in Georgia?
Yes, you can use your Georgia EBT Card to purchase food items at farmer’s markets. In fact, farmer’s markets will allow you to double your EBT benefits. For instance, $10 on your EBT Card you will get $20 worth of food.
For a complete list of Georgia farmer’s markets that accept EBT, click here.
Georgia Food Stamps Balance
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Also, be sure to check out the current EBT Discounts and Perks available exclusively to Georgia EBT Cardholders! You can save on phone service, museum admission, and even on Amazon Prime!
Check out how you can save with your Georgia EBT card here.