Summer EBT

No, Summer EBT is a separate program and does not impact any other benefits. It is different from SNAP, P-EBT, and other summer feeding programs or benefits a family might receive.

Call EBT Customer Service at 1-800-997-3333, select your preferred language, then press 1 for EBT, then press 1 again to activate your EBT card.

Please note:  If you press 2 for Summer EBT, this will only provide information about the Summer EBT Program.

Your card can be used to purchase eligible food items at any store (in-person or online) that accepts SNAP. To find a SNAP retailer near you, or to learn more about eligible food items, visit the NJ SNAP Using Your Benefits page.

At the store:  

  • Slide your card through the payment machine; 
  • Choose the FOOD option; and 
  • Enter your PIN on the keypad. 

Just like SNAP, recipients may also use their Summer EBT card to purchase eligible SNAP food items online at participating stores. For more information about ordering online and to find participating stores in your area, visit the NJ SNAP “Using Your Benefits” page.   

  • Fruits and vegetables;
  • Beans, fish, poultry, meat;
  • Rice, bread, tortillas, cereal;
  • Milk and cheese; and
  • Seeds and plants that produce food.

No, you do not have to use all of your Summer EBT benefits at one time; however, they must be used within four months from the day the benefits were added to your Summer EBT account. Any benefits remaining on the card after 122 days will expire. 

  • Go to EBT Connect Client Portal or download the ConnectEBT app in the Apple App store or Google Play store to create an account to view your current card balance and transaction history, as well as report lost or stolen cards;
  • Call 1-800-997-3333 to use the automated phone system to get your balance; or
  • Check your last store receipt.
  • Do not share your PIN with anyone. 
  • Do not write your PIN on your card or card holder. Also, do not carry the number with you in your purse or wallet.  
  • If you cannot find your card or if you think someone knows your PIN, immediately call 1- 800-997-3333. 
  • Keep your card away from electronic equipment (TVs and microwaves), magnets, and out of the sun.

If you forget your PIN, but haven’t lost your card, you can change your PIN online at EBT Connect Client Portal after you create a user account and log in. Or, you can call 1-800-997-3333.

  • If you need to replace your Summer EBT card you can call 1-800-997-3333 to cancel your existing card and to order a replacement card. There may be a $1.50 fee for replacement Summer EBT cards.
  • If you did not receive your Summer EBT card because your address was incorrect, you must contact your school district to update the address for the student.
  • If your Summer EBT card has been lost, stolen or damaged, it is important to immediately cancel your card. You can cancel your card by using the ConnectEBT app on your mobile device; online at EBT Connect Client Portal or by calling 1-800-997-3333. This will “freeze” your card so no one can use your benefits. You may be asked to verify your identity. There may be a $1.50 fee for replacement Summer EBT cards.

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