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EBT Cards

What is EBT?
EBT stands for Electronic Benefits Transfer. Through the "Families First" EBT card, Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) and New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) recipients are able to purchase food. In addition, WFNJ recipient also are able to access cash benefits using the card. EBT offers welfare recipients the experience of doing business like other consumers and is time- and cost-effective for merchants because it eliminates the use of food coupons. Moreover, the system has proven helpful in preventing fraud associated with NJ SNAP trafficking.

Most WFNJ clients are issued the Families First card to access cash assistance and SNAP benefits. Only a select few WFNJ General Assistance clients receive these benefits via check.

The EBT card is similar to a bank card, with a secret Personal Identification Number (PIN) to use the benefits that are deposited into an account. Once benefits are deposited into your account, the client can begin using their card.
  • You can use your card at the grocery store to spend your SNAP benefits.

  • You can also use your card at the grocery store to spend your cash benefits for items that cannot be paid for with NJ SNAP.

  • At some stores, you can use your card to withdraw your cash benefits.

  • Before you begin shopping, make sure the store accepts the card; look for the Quest ® logo in the windows or on the doors at the store. If you don't see the Quest ® logo, go to the courtesy counter and ask if the store accepts the Families First card.

    It is illegal to use your Families First card at any of these locations:

    • Liquor stores

    • Casinos/Gaming Establishments

    • Adult Entertainment/establishments such as Strip Clubs.

  • Tips On Using Your Families First EBT Card brochure - Eng. 10/13  (PDF)
  • Tips On Using Your Families First EBT Card brochure - Sp. 10/13  (PDF)
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