What Is a New York State Benefit Identification Card?

The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance issues New York State benefit identity cards to individuals and families that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cash or food assistance. It is called an electronic benefits transfer card (EBT).

EBT cards can be used to purchase food from recognised retailers, such as farmers markets, and to withdraw cash from ATMs and other service locations. Some retail establishments permit EBT cardholders to receive cash back on purchases. The OTDA website provides a link to a list of approved businesses and farmers markets in the state, as well as a list of ATMs and point-of-service sites where EBT cardholders can acquire cash.

The State of New York has a webpage distinct from the OTDA website where individuals can verify their eligibility for benefits and application status. On this website, senior citizens can apply for SNAP, health programmes, home energy assistance, temporary aid, WIC, and a number of other services. Those who have been issued an EBT card can check their EBT card balance and transaction history on the same page.

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