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Covering Kids & Families

Supporting Families

Child Care/Early Education

Southern Business Leadership Council

Carolina Nutrition Alliance


2004 Chartbook of Major Indicators


Information Outreach

Food Stamps

The Food Stamp program serves as the first line of defense against hunger by enabling low-income families to purchase nutritious food with coupons and, in states where it is available, with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.

On April 8, 1999, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service established a toll-free phone number that people can call to obtain information about eligibility and benefits in the Food Stamp program. Callers to the number, 1.800.221.5689, reach a voice mail box where they can leave their name and address to receive information about food stamps in the mail.

In states where it is available, Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) allows recipients to authorize transfer of their government benefits from a federal account to a retailer account to pay for products received. EBT is currently being used in many states to issue Food Stamps and other benefits. About 47 percent of Food Stamp benefits are being issued via EBT. For more information about EBT, visit the USDA website.

Asset Test

The Southern Institute is currently examining issues related to the Food Stamp asset test, particularly the family ownership of an automobile. Information will be posted as it becomes available.


Outreach brochures developed by the Southern Institute contain information about Food Stamps:

Reports of Interest