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Food Stamps: Getting your EBT card in California

People receive their food stamp benefits through an electric card known as an EBT card, or in California as a Golden State Advantage Card.

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The government provides funding for the program.

States make sure that low income households receive the benefits they need in order to afford basic food.

Millions of Americans utilized benefits during the pandemic.

California EBT cards for food stamps

In order to get the EBT card, you must first apply for food stamps.

You’ll need to apply at the state level.

You can apply by calling 1-877-847-3663, by visiting your local county office, or visiting

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The eligibility is based on household size and income.

If your gross and net income does not exceed 200% and 100% of the federal poverty level, you’ll qualify.

Using your EBT card

The EBT cards work similarly to debit cards connected to bank accounts.

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You can use food stamps in restaurants in these 8 states

The cards can be used when cashing out as if it were a debit card.

The card may only be used for food items and cannot be used for alcohol, tobacco, or household goods.

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