Food Stamps: When is my EBT card loaded with cash benefits?

Millions of Americans receive food stamp benefits as a way to pay for food for their families, but when do they receive that money?

grocery store and cart filled with food stamp eligible items

In California, residents see their benefits through an EBT card, which has benefits for food stamps, CalWORKS, and other food or cash assistance benefits.

Some people don’t know when to expect their payments each month but should know in order to budget properly.


When are EBT cards reloaded with food stamps and other benefits in California?

If you receive various benefits that are loaded onto your card, the dates for each benefit may not be the same.

Food stamps are paid over the first ten days of every month.

When you see your payment will depend on your case number.


Food Stamps: Getting your EBT card in California

Those with a case number ending in 1 will see their benefits on the first day of the month.

Each date of the month corresponds with the last digit of your case number, with 0 being on the 10th of the month.

Cash assistance benefits are paid over the span of three days.

The payments are made on the 1st of the month for case numbers ending in 1, 2 and 3.


Getting your EBT card in New York State

Case numbers ending in 4, 5, 6 and 7 will get payments in the 2nd.

Finally, case numbers ending in 8, 9 and 0 will go out the 3rd.

Payments will still be made on weekends or holidays.