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Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and Direct Deposit

What is EBT?

EBT stands for Electronic Benefit Transfer and is the required way for recipients of CalFresh, CalWORKs, and Refugee to receive benefits. It does not change any eligibility rules. Instead of sending food stamps and checks in the mail, benefits will be put into a special EBT account for the recipient. No more stolen or lost checks or food stamps.

How do I access my food stamps and cash in the EBT account?

You will be given a plastic EBT card called the Golden State Advantage Card. It looks like a credit card or a bank debit card. You will also have a personal identification number (PIN) that only you will know. You can get your cash benefits with your EBT card from ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines), stores or cash-backs with purchase from stores. You can use the EBT card at grocery stores to buy food and use the food stamp benefits credited to your EBT account.  Make sure that you are the only one that has access to your PIN.

What is Direct Deposit?

Direct Deposit provides an additional method of benefit delivery. It does not change any eligibility rules. Direct Deposit is voluntary. Recipients of CalWORKs and Refugee may choose to have their cash aid deposited directly into their personal checking or savings account rather than having cash benefits paid through EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer).

Can I have both EBT and Direct Deposit?

If you receive a cash grant through the CalWORKs or Refugee and you receive CalFresh, you must receive the CalFresh benefits through EBT. But you may have your cash grant direct deposited into your personal checking or savings account.

If you have questions about EBT and/or Direct Deposit you can contact:
Tehama County Department of Social Services
310 S. Main Street
P.O. Box 1515
Red Bluff, Ca 96080
(530) 529-1911