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buzz buzz
So, I was talking to a girl at work and found out she was on Food Stamps. I hadn't known anyone on them before and the first thought I had was of these little white stamps with some sort of dollar amount on them. Then I started wondering about if you bought something that was less than the amount of the food stamp, what happened to the change?

Well she informed me that its no longer actual stamps, its more like a pre-loaded card. I hadn't known that. Did you?
02/06/2011
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Kayla Kayla
I used to work retail, so yes, I knew it was now a pre-loaded card. They work just like a debit card. It was to make the process easier at check-out (and for the owner of the food stamps) as well as to make it a bit more "discreet" when using them at check-out. In fact, most Wal-Mart cashiers don't even know if you're using food stamps unless you tell them since the card runs as debit.
02/06/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I was on them during a rough financial patch and it's a wonderful system.

It's set up like a reloadable gift card (but you don't reload it, public assistance does that - the amount depends on number in family, any income, etc) with the security of a PIN-required card, in which you're given a set amount each month to spend strictly on food items (no beer, cigarettes, or lottery tickets). If you don't spend it all in one trip the balance stays on the card for the rest of the month until you use it again. But like a cell minutes plan, there is no roll over. And since the supermarket computer registers are able to categorize and separate accepted and unaccepted purchases, you can still shop for other things in the same trip and just pay for them separately when it comes up as a balance after you use the card to pay for the food.

Some food establishments accept them. Make sure they are advertised as such (one take and bake pizza place where I lived in Montana accepted them). And most retailers don't know that it's food stamps because it goes into the system as an EBT.
02/06/2011
liilii080 liilii080
I did know that. There was so much talk about everything when the economy first tanked that I saw it on CNN. It looks like a debit card.
02/06/2011
Crystal1 Crystal1
Yep. Way less embarrassing for people using them since the other shoppers in line don't really notice that it isn't a debit card.
02/06/2011
buzz buzz
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
I was on them during a rough financial patch and it's a wonderful system.

It's set up like a reloadable gift card (but you don't reload it, public assistance does that - the amount depends on number in family, any income, etc) with ...
That is pretty interesting. I guess I should pay attention to the news more
02/07/2011
married with children married with children
it has been a pre-loaded card here for at least 10-15 years. I have never been on them, but i had friends who where.
02/09/2011
ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
I was on them pretty much my whole life until adulthood, because my dad lost one job after another. I remember when it was actually paper and not a card, but I was pretty little. It was always pretty embarrassing for my family since you could tell pretty easily what you were paying with.

It was better when it started being put on a card, but it was still bad because our card usually didn't work. My mom would have to hand the card to the cashier and they would have to manually put in the numbers on the card onto the register. You wouldn't believe how many people look down on people with food stamps. We got dirty looks quite a few times, and sometimes even rude comments.
02/09/2011
Dusk Dusk
I have a few friends on food stamps, but I'd never really asked about it. The card sounds like a nice idea.
02/09/2011
buzz buzz
Quote:
Originally posted by ZenaidaMacroura
I was on them pretty much my whole life until adulthood, because my dad lost one job after another. I remember when it was actually paper and not a card, but I was pretty little. It was always pretty embarrassing for my family since you could tell ...
That is really sad that people did that to you. When my friend mentioned being on food stamps I had a very different reaction. I was curious but I didn't want to intrude too much, thats why I let you guys tell me all the little details about it
02/10/2011
PussyGalore PussyGalore
I was aware. I think it's more cost effective for the government in the end and less obvious (though still obvious in some cases) that it's assistance.
02/10/2011
AndromedaJane AndromedaJane
Quote:
Originally posted by buzz
So, I was talking to a girl at work and found out she was on Food Stamps. I hadn't known anyone on them before and the first thought I had was of these little white stamps with some sort of dollar amount on them. Then I started wondering about if ...
yeah I knew
02/06/2012
acessorie acessorie
If you ever worked at walmart 70% of the sales are with snap cards (food stamps)
02/06/2012
AmberM AmberM
Quote:
Originally posted by buzz
So, I was talking to a girl at work and found out she was on Food Stamps. I hadn't known anyone on them before and the first thought I had was of these little white stamps with some sort of dollar amount on them. Then I started wondering about if ...
Yeah. I did. I remember when they were bills, though!
02/06/2012
Mamastoys Mamastoys
I knew it..they switched a few years ago..It does look like a debit card and they can use them over and over until the amount that is pre-loaded on it is gone. I'm sure it is less embarrassing than the old food stamps.
There is nothing wrong with using them when you need them. I know several people, including my family members that are on them. My dad gets a whole $11.00 a month! He is 83 and lives by himself..not a lot but it helps him get stuff.
06/26/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Nope, I have no clue.
06/26/2012
SassySam SassySam
I didn't know, but I'm Canadian so we have a different system.
11/20/2012
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