Arkansas EBT Card

If you have a Arkansas EBT Card (Arkansas SNAP Card) and have questions about your card, you’ve come to the right place.

In this detailed guide, we will tell you everything you need to know about your Arkansas SNAP Card, including lost card replacement, how to log in online to check your balance, EBT discounts and perk you did not know about, and restaurants that take EBT in Arkansas, how to shop for groceries online with your EBT card, and much more.

"Arkansas EBT Card Questions and Answers"

This post on Arkansas EBT Card will cover:

  • What is Arkansas EBT?
  • How do I apply for EBT in Arkansas?
  • What can I buy with Arkansas EBT?
  • How Do I check my Arkansas EBT Card Balance?
  • Arkansas EBT Deposit Schedule
  • Which restaurants take EBT in Arkansas?
  • Arkansas EBT Phone Number
  • Is there a Arkansas EBT App?
  • Arkansas EBT Discount and Perks
  • Amazon Prime EBT Discount (50% OFF Prime)
  • How do I replace my lost Arkansas EBT card?
  • Arkansas EBT FAQs

What is Arkansas EBT?

"Arkansas EBT Card"

An EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card is a plastic card that acts like a debit card that is used to distribute public assistance benefits.

The Arkansas EBT Card also called the Arkansas SNAP Card is used for the delivery of benefits such as food stamps (SNAP benefits) and Cash Assistance.

Once you are approved for food stamps or one of the programs listed above, you will receive your benefits each month on a Arkansas EBT Card.

How do I apply for EBT in Arkansas?

There are 3 ways you can apply for food stamps in Arkansas.

Option 1 – Apply online

You can apply online through the Arkansas ACCESS account (as shown in the image below). If you have an account, you can log in or create your ACCESS Account. Click here to be taken to the website.

Option 2 – Apply at DHS Office Near You

You can apply in person at the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) office near you. Click here to locate a DHS office.

Option 3 – Download Arkansas Food Stamps Application

You can download an application, complete it, and mail it to your county DHS office or submit it in person.

"Apply for Arkansas Food Stamps"

What can I buy with Arkansas EBT?

Your EBT card works like a debit card. It can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and some farmers’ markets and co-op food programs.

The USDA, which runs the food stamps program has a strict guide on what you can and cannot buy with SNAP benefits.

Here is the list of food items you are allowed to purchase with your SNAP Benefits card:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • meats, fish, poultry
  • deli meats and steak
  • dairy products
  • breads
  • cereals
  • seeds and plants that produce food for the household
  • soft drinks
  • candy
  • cookies
  • snack crackers
  • ice cream
  • energy drinks (must have a nutrition label)
  • live seafood, such as lobster, fish, and shellfish
  • pumpkins (as long as they are edible)
  • birthday cakes (the non-edible piece of the cake cannot exceed 50 percent)
  • bakery items

Here’s what you CANNOT buy with your SNAP benefits:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • tobacco products
  • hot food (prepared for immediate consumption)
  • Nonfood items
  • pet foods
  • soaps
  • paper products
  • medicines and vitamins
  • household supplies
  • grooming items
  • cosmetics

Can I use Arkansas EBT to Buy Groceries Online?

"Buy groceries online with Arkansas EBT Card"

If you are a Arkansas SNAP EBT Cardholder, you can now use your EBT card online to buy groceries for delivery! This is great news for Arkansas food stamps recipients.

As of November 2021, you can use your Arkansas EBT card to make purchases online for pick-up and/or Delivery at the following grocery stores:

  • ALDI
  • Amazon
  • Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy
  • City Markets
  • Harps Food Stores
  • Hays Supermarket
  • Super 1 Foods
  • Walmart

How Do I check my Arkansas EBT Card Balance?

Here’s how to check the balance on your Arkansas EBT Card.

Option 1 – Check your Last Receipt

The first option for checking your Arkansas food stamps card balance is to check your last receipt. This is the easiest and quickest way to locate the current balance on your Arkansas EBT Card.

Your balance will be listed at the bottom of your most recent grocery store or an ATM receipt. You should get in the habit of keeping your most current EBT receipt, that way, you always have a quick way to check your balance before you shop.

Option 2 – Login to your Edge EBT Account

The second option for checking your Arkansas EBT Card balance is online through the Edge EBT website.

To log in, visit the Edge EBT website here, then enter your User ID and Password. Once logged in, you’ll be able to view your current balance and transaction history. If you do not have an Edge EBT account, you can create a User Account here.

"How to Check Arkansas EBT Card Balance"

Option 3 – Check by Phone

The last option for checking your Arkansas EBT Card balance is by phone. Call the EBT Customer Service number (1-800-997-9999) on the back of your card. The Customer Service Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

After you call, enter your sixteen (16) digit EBT card number and you will hear your current food assistance or cash account balance(s).

Option 4 – Check at an ATM or POS machine

Here is another option to check your Arkansas SNAP EBT balance or Cash Benefits EBT card balance:

First, you can check your cash account balance at an ATM or POS machine.

Additionally, you can check your SNAP account balance at a POS machine (cashier) at a store before making a purchase.

It is important that you always know your EBT card account balance before you shop.

Which restaurants take EBT in Arkansas?

The Restaurant Meals Program is a federal program that enables qualified elderly, disabled, and homeless food stamps recipients to buy food at authorized restaurants. Any state or county can enroll in the Restaurant Meals Program.

The purpose of the program is to help expand food access to those who do not have a place to store and cook food, who may not be able to prepare food or who don’t have access to a grocery store.

Unfortunately, the state of Arkansas does not currently participate in the Restaurant Meals Program. We will update you as soon as the state joins the program.

Arkansas EBT Phone Number

Here’s the number to call if you are trying to reach Arkansas EBT Customer Service:

1-800-997-9999

You can call 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week

You can call the Arkansas EBT Phone Number if:

  • Your card is lost or stolen.
  • Your card does not work.
  • You want to change your PIN because you forgot it or if
    someone else knows your PIN.
  • You want to find out how much you have left in your account.
  • You have been charged for a purchase but you didn’t get the food or
    if you were charged too much for what you bought.
  • You have other questions or problems.

 How to use your Arkansas EBT Card to buy Food

Here are the steps you need to take to use your Arkansas EBT Card to purchase food that is on the food stamp list, at approved retail locations.

Before you shop, check your balance using one of the following methods, as explained in detail above:

  • By looking at your last receipt
  • You can also call Customer Service, toll-free at
    1-800-997-9999
  • Finally, you can go online to check your balance.

This balance will be the most you can spend with your card.

Here’s how to purchase food with your card.

Step 1

Take your groceries to the checkout lane.
Depending on the store, you may need to separate
your eligible food items from non-eligible items.

Step 2

Swipe your card through the Point-of-Sale (POS)
terminal or hand your EBT Card to the clerk.

Step 3

Enter your four-number Personal Identification
Number (PIN) on the keypad. The terminal will
show **** instead of the numbers you entered.

Step 4

Press the “ENTER” key.

Step 5

The clerk enters the purchase amount. If the
amount is correct, you press the “OK” or “YES” key.

Step 6

You will get a copy of a printed receipt showing:

  • Store name and address
  • Amount of your purchase
  • Your new food stamp benefits account balance

Step 7

Keep your receipt so you will know your new balance the next time you shop.

Please note that you cannot be charged a fee to use your food stamp benefits.

Arkansas EBT Discount and Perks

Your Arkansas SNAP Card gives you access to the following discounts, freebies, and perks.

"Arkansas EBT Discounts"

Amazon Prime EBT Discount

If you have a Arkansas EBT Card, you can now sign up for Amazon Prime EBT Discount and get all the great benefits that come with Prime membership, at a fraction of the cost.

Amazon wants to make Amazon Prime membership more affordable to low-income households.

The regular Amazon Prime membership is $12.99 a month. However, if you have an EBT Card, you can get Prime Membership for $5.99. That’s over 50% off the regular price.

The table below shows how the EBT and Medicaid discount on Amazon Prime compares to the other Amazon Prime memberships.

Amazon Prime Membership Price Full Prime benefits
Amazon Prime month-to-month $12.99/mo.
Amazon Prime annual $119/yr.
Prime Student (monthly) $6.49/mo.
Prime Student (annual) $59/yr.
Amazon Prime EBT/Medicaid cardholders $5.99/mo. (max. 4 yrs.)

Lifeline Program

If you are currently on Food Stamps/EBT Cardholder, and your income is below a certain level, you may qualify for FREE or low-cost home or cell phone service for you or a member of your family through the Federal Lifeline Program, which serves nearly 13 million Americans.

The Lifeline program helps to lower the monthly cost of phone and internet service. Eligible customers will get at least $9.25 toward their monthly bill. You can only use Lifeline for either phone or internet service, but not both.

Discounted Cell Phone Services

Below is a list of cell phone providers that participate in the Lifeline program in the state of Arkansas.

Company Name Phone
American Assistance 866-966-2628
Safelink Wireless 800-723-3546
Access Wireless 866-594-3644
Assurance Wireless 888-898-4888
Life Wireless 888-543-3620
Easy Wireless 888-792-0076
TerraCom Wireless 877-351-4747
StandUP Wireless 800-544-4441
AT&T Mobility 800-377-9450
CellSpan 844-235-7726
Assist Wireless 855-392-7747
True Wireless 877-412-1919
Q Link Wireless 855-754-6543
US Connect 855-567-8953
Tag Mobile 866-959-4918
Boomerang Wireless 866-488-8719
Absolute Mobile 800-495-5765

Discounted Home Phone Services

Below is a list of home phone providers that participate in the Lifeline program in the state of Arkansas.

Company Name Phone
Southwest Arkansas Telephone Cooperative, Inc. 870-653-8222
Central Arkansas Telephone 501-865-3333
Magazine Telephone Company 800-478-8465
Arkansas Telephone Company 501-745-2114
Rice Belt Telephone Co 866-886-5465
Global Connection of America 877-511-3009
Prairie Grove Telephone Company 866-854-2111
TDS Telecom/Decatur Telephone Company, Inc. 601-635-2251
CenturyLink 1-800-244-1111
TDS Telecom/Cleveland County Telephone Company, Inc. 606-478-9401
Mountain View Telephone Company 870-269-3232
Pinnacle Communications 877-817-6744
South Arkansas Telephone Company (SATCO) 866-798-2201
NATCO Communications, Inc. 800-775-6682
Walnut Hill Telephone Company, Inc. 870-921-4283
Yelcot Telephone Company 870-449-4211
Madison County Telephone Company 800-422-4848
Arkwest Communications, Inc. 479-495-4200
AT&T 855-301-0355
Windstream Communications 800-347-1991
Ritter Communications 888-336-4466

Free Admission with EBT Program

One of the great benefits of the Arkansas EBT Card is access to great tourist, cultural, educational and adventure museums – including zoos, aquariums and many more.

This is under free admission with EBT program, otherwise known as Museum for all.

The Arkansas Museums listed below all offer FREE to $3.00 to individuals and families who have an EBT card, and a valid form of photo ID.

The offer covers up to four individuals per EBT card, which means that if you have a family of 4, you can use your Arkansas EBT card to get the special discounted rate or the free admission for all four members.

We advise that you call the museum first before you go – so that you can find out what their special rate is for EBT Cardholders (whether it’s free admission or $3).

See the list of Arkansas Free Admission with EBT Program sites.

How do I replace my lost Arkansas EBT card?

If you just realized your Arkansas EBT Card is lost or you simply do not know where it is, you should we can help you get a replacement card.

The first thing you need to do when you realize your Food stamps card is lost, stolen, or not working is to call the Arkansas EBT card customer service.

Report a lost, stolen or damaged Arkansas SNAP Card

If your card is lost, stolen, or damaged call EBT Customer Service at 1-800-997-9999 right away.

Instructions on what to do when you call

First, when you call the customer service number above, you will be asked to enter your card number.

Do not enter your card number or press any keys. You will be asked to enter your card number again.

Again, do not enter your card number or press any keys. You will then be asked to press one to report your card as lost, stolen, or damaged.

Press the 1 key on your phone. Once you report it, your EBT card will be deactivated so that the benefits cannot be used by anyone else.

You should usually receive your new card in the mail within five days (excluding Sundays and holidays).

Call As Soon As Possible

We encourage you to call the customer service number as soon as you can so that your account can be secured, especially if you think the card is stolen.

That way, you don’t risk losing the money currently in the account.

When you call customer service, they will confirm your mailing address before they mail the card to make sure they have the current address on file.

You will be able to use the same pin you used on the previous card unless you decide to select a new pin with the new card.

How long does it take to get a Replacement Arkansas EBT Card?

Your replacement card will be mailed to you and it will take 7-10 business days to arrive.

However, unlike getting a credit card or debit card replacement, you cannot get your EBT card expedited or a tracking number for the card.

In addition, there is no option to get a replacement EBT card the same day.

Furthermore, while you wait for your card to arrive, you cannot use your EBT funds. There is no way to manually enter the card number at retail locations and online And even with online shopping on Amazon, you need to enter your card CVV number to complete the transaction.

Therefore, Unfortunately, you have to wait for your card to arrive before you can use the funds in your EBT account.

Replacement Card did not arrive?

If you have requested a replacement Arkansas EBT Card and it has not yet arrived in the mail after 5-7 business days, here’s one possible reason.

If you previously changed your address and did not update your EBT account, that is probably the reason your card has not arrived.

That is because your new card is going to be mailed to your old address, and if it is mail that cannot be forwarded, then the card will likely be returned to the card issuer, which means you will have to wait longer to receive the re-issued card, further delaying your ability to be able to buy the food you need.

You can resolve this by calling the Arkansas EBT Customer service number and updating your mailing address so that your new card can be mailed to the correct address.

Arkansas EBT FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked questions about Arkansas EBT.

I didn’t get my EBT benefits this month

If you did not receive your benefits this month, you should contact your local Arkansas DHS Assistance office for help. For the DHS county office closest to you, click here.

The ATM didn’t give me the money I requested, but it took it from my cash benefits. What do I do?

You should call the EBT Card customer service telephone number at 1-800-997-9999.

You will be provided directions for filing a claim.

Note that the bank or ATM owner will not be able to give you the missing cash. You will have to go through the claims process with EBT customer service.

How can I set up or change my EBT card PIN?

To set or change your PIN, call the Arkansas EBT Card toll-free customer service telephone number at 1-800-997-9999.

You will be able to set up a PIN over the telephone.

Can I have someone else help me shop using my EBT account?

Yes, you can set up an Authorized Representative (AR) to help you shop with your EBT Card.

However, the AR will have a separate card with his or her own account number and PIN.

The EBT system is able to track which card is used at any time. The AR will have access to your entire benefit account.

Note that it is not possible to limit the AR’s access to a lesser amount.

However, you may choose the account(s) to which the AR has access.

If you don’t want him or her to have access to all of your benefits, it is possible to limit the AR’s access to either your food benefits or cash benefits if you like.

Ask your county caseworker about setting up an Authorized Representative (AR).

Can I use my Arkansas EBT card in other counties and other states?

Your Arkansas EBT card will work at any store in the state that accepts SNAP/EBT benefits.

In addition, you can use your card in the other 49 states in the United States, as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

However, if you are unsure, ask the store manager.

Currently, Arkansas EBT cardholders cannot use their EBT cards in Puerto Rico.

If I don’t use all my Arkansas EBT benefits this month, will I lose them?

No. If I don’t use all of the benefits you received this month, they will stay in the EBT account, and you may use these benefits in the following months.

What happens if the ATM does not give back my EBT card?

Occasionally, an ATM will not return your EBT card. In most cases, this occurs when you do not remove your card from the ATM within a certain amount of time.

In some cases, the bank will return your card if you present proper identification.

However, in many cases, the bank will destroy the card even if you request it be returned to you showing proper identification.

If your card cannot be returned, you should request a new card by calling customer service at 1-800-997-9999.

When are Arkansas food stamps posted on EBT Card?

In the state of Arkansas, Food Stamps Benefits are deposited on EBT Cards over 8 days, between the 4th and the 13th of every month. When your food stamps benefit is deposited on your EBT Card depends on the last digit of your Social Security Number (SSN). Here is the schedule:

If your Social Security Number ends in Benefits are deposited on the
0 or 1 4th of the month
2 or 3 5th of the month
4 8th of the month
5 9th of the month
6 10th of the month
7 11th of the month
8 12th of the month
9 13th of the month

Once your benefits are deposited into your account, you can begin using them with your Arkansas EBT card to purchase eligible food items. For a full list of approved food items, see the Food Stamps Eligible Food List here.

Arkansas EBT Card Summary

We hope this article on Arkansas EBT Card was helpful.

If so, we encourage you to share this article with anyone who may also find it helpful by using the “Share this” button below.

If you have additional questions about the Arkansas EBT for food stamps, please leave those in the comments section below. We are here to help you!

Be sure to check out our other articles about Arkansas SNAP and EBT, including:
Arkansas Food Stamps Eligibility Guide
What you can buy with an EBT Card
Arkansas EBT Card Balance
How much in food stamps can I get?
Arkansas EBT Deposit Dates

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.