EBT Questions and Answers
Clinic staff will issue your food items the same as before. Your benefits for each month will be in your account on the beginning date. As you purchase your approved foods, your account balance will decrease.
When will I have my benefits?
Benefits will be in your EBT account at 12:00 midnight on the beginning date and will expire at 12:00 midnight on the ending date.
What is a PIN (Personal Identification Number)?
A PIN is a four-digit secret number that allows only you to use your eWIC card. Do not tell your PIN to anyone that you have not authorized to use your card. If someone knows your PIN and they use your card to get your food benefits without your permission, those benefits will not be replaced. You also should not write your PIN on your card or any place where someone could find it, such as your wallet or purse.
What if I forget my PIN?
If you forget your PIN, contact your WIC clinic. When you choose a PIN, you should choose four numbers that are easy for you to remember, but hard for someone else to figure out (for example, your child’s or parent’s birthday).
What if I enter the wrong PIN?
If you are having trouble remembering your PIN, DO NOT try to guess your PIN when entering it on a POS terminal. If you have not entered the correct PIN by the 4th try, your account will be locked to protect it from someone guessing your PIN and using your food benefits. You will have to wait until after midnight for your account to unlock to try again.
What should I do if someone finds out my PIN?
If someone has your PIN that should not have it, immediately contact your WIC clinic to change your PIN.
How will I know my food account balance?
The easiest way to know your account balance is to keep your receipts. If you don’t have your last receipt, you can check your balance in the EBT card reader at the clinic or the store. You should always check the amount of approved foods remaining before you shop.
What happens if the POS machine is not working?
Another POS machine should be tried or you can go to another participating store.
What if my card won’t work?
Contact your WIC clinic. You may have to get a replacement card.
What should I do if I lose my card?
If your eWIC card is lost or stolen, contact your WIC clinic and they will issue a replacement card.
What should I do with my card after my benefits are used?
Save your eWIC card! Even when your WIC foods are used, your eWIC card is reusable. Your next benefits will be accessed with your eWIC card.
Using your EBT card
- If there is an EBT card reader, check your balance before shopping. Slide your card and enter your PIN to get your balance.
2. Shop for Your WIC Foods
- Buy what you need. You do not have to buy all your foods at one time.
- If your benefits include dry or can beans/peas, you can buy either a 16 ounce bag or 4-16 ounce cans of canned beans/peas. All 4 cans do not have to be purchased at one time, but once you start buying cans, your remaining balance for that quantity will be for cans so dried beans cannot be purchased from that portion of the remaining balance.
3. At the Check-Out
- Have your WIC EBT card ready.
- BEFORE scanning of any foods, tell the store cashier you are using a WIC EBT card.
- When the cashier tells you, slide your card in the WIC EBT card reader or hand your eWIC card to the cashier.
- Enter your PIN and press the enter button on the keypad.
- The cashier will scan your foods.
- The food items and dollar value of fresh fruits and vegetables you purchase will be deducted from your account.
- Only the exact amount of your approved food purchase is deducted from your WIC benefit account.
The clerk will give you a receipt. This receipt will show the amounts and quantities (if any) of WIC foods still left in your account.
4. Keep Your Card
- Your card is re-useable.
- Even when all your foods are gone, don’t throw your card away.
- Keep your card safe and clean.
- Do not bend your card.
- Keep your card away from magnets and electronic equipment, such as TVs, radios, VCRs, microwaves, cell phones, etc.
- Do not place your card in direct sunlight, such as on your car’s dashboard.
USDA WIC Nondiscrimination statement
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
- mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- fax: (202) 690-7442; or
- email: [email protected].
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.
Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.
Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: How to File a Complaint. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:
(1) correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; o
(3) correo electrónico: [email protected].
Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.