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Electronic Benefit Transfer

Golden State Advantage Electronic Benefits Transfer

Once your application for CalFresh has been approved, you will be issued a Golden State Advantage Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. The distribution of CalFresh benefits with a plastic debit card makes the issuance of CalFresh benefits faster and easier through the use of electronic transactions. By using the EBT card, cardholders can access food benefits at the point-of-sale (POS) terminals of retailers authorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accept CalFresh benefits.

Your CalFresh benefits will be deposited monthly into a special account that you will access by swiping your EBT card through the POS device at the grocery store checkout stand and entering your Personal Identification Number (PIN). The amount of your purchase will be subtracted from your CalFresh account.

Learn more about the Electronic Benefit Transfer Card.

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