Keeping track of all the EBT information out there can be overwhelming. So, we’ve broken down all the basics in one handy guide.
If you have a question that we haven’t answered here, let us know.
EBT = electronic benefits transfer.
EBT card = a card that looks and works like a debit or credit card but is loaded with food stamps and/or cash benefits. You can use it at stores that accept EBT.
You’ll get the Idaho Quest EBT Card once you’re approved for benefits.
Idaho’s EBT customer service number is 1-888-432-4328.
To renew your food stamps, you have to reapply before your certification period (the amount of time you’ll get food stamps) ends.
For most Idaho households, that period is 6 - 12 months. Confirm the length of your certification period with your caseworker.
You can renew your benefits online with an Idalink account.
If you’d rather renew in person, visit your local office (click on the “Regional Contact Information” tab) or call the Idaho SNAP hotline (1-877-456-1233).
If you can’t find your EBT card, call the Idaho EBT hotline as soon as you can: 1-888-432-4328.
If someone manages to use your card, you won’t be able to get those benefits back, so make sure you call right away!
You can use food stamps to buy groceries, snacks, and seeds or plants that will produce food.
You can’t use food stamps to buy alcohol, tobacco products, vitamins, live animals, prepared foods, or any non-food household items.
WIC food packages typically include cereal, juice, eggs, milk, peanut butter, dried and canned beans, tofu, fruits and vegetables, and whole-wheat bread. WIC packages also include canned fish and cheese for breastfeeding moms, and baby food for babies.
Once your child is born, your household size will increase. More household members = more benefits.
While you are pregnant, you can’t get more food stamps, but you can apply for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits.
WIC provides food and resources for pregnant women, new parents, and children up to 5 years old.
If you have a child who’s 18 or younger, you may qualify for cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
TANF provides monthly cash assistance to help families with children get by during tough times.