The Food Support is a program designed to assist low-income persons and families so they can purchase food and better meet their nutritional needs. The program is not intended to supply all of a person's or family's food needs. Instead, it supplements those needs while the person or family makes an effort to become self-supporting.
Monthly benefits are distributed through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a card system similar to a debit card. At the beginning of the month, recipients' EBT accounts are credited with the amount of benefits they are eligible for. During the month, recipients use their cards to purchase food at enrolled grocery stores. The EBT card is then swiped through a "point of sale" terminal and the purchases are deducted from the account balance.
Food support benefits are for:
Families with or without children.