Are you trying to check the balance on your Maryland EBT Card or Independence Card? In today’s post, we will outline the ways you can find out your Maryland EBT card balance. The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) is responsible for administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the Food Stamp Program. SNAP enables low-income families the ability to purchase nutritious food by providing monthly food assistance benefits. Benefits are distributed to Maryland SNAP recipients via a plastic Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.
This post will Cover:
- Maryland EBT Payment Schedule
- How to Check Maryland EBT Card Balance
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Maryland EBT Payment Schedule
The Maryland EBT Card (also known as the Independence Card) holds the food assistance benefits assigned to you each month. Your benefits will be deposited onto your EBT card according to the schedule below:
|If the First three letters of your last name are between||Benefits are deposited on the|
|AAA and BAO||4th of the month|
|BAP and BQZ||5th of the month|
|BRA and CAQ||6th of the month|
|CAR and COQ||7th of the month|
|COR and DIZ||8th of the month|
|DJA and FIS||9th of the month|
|FIT and GON||10th of the month|
|GOO and HAX||11th of the month|
|HAY and JAB||12th of the month|
|JAC and KIM||13th of the month|
|KIN and LOX||14th of the month|
|LOY and MCO||15th of the month|
|MCP and NEF||16th of the month|
|NEG and PGZ||17th of the month|
|PHA and RIC||18th of the month|
|RID and SDZ||19th of the month|
|SEA and STC||20th of the month|
|STD and TRA||21st of the month|
|TRB and WES||22nd of the month|
|WET and ZZZ||23rd of the month|
Once your benefits are deposited into your account, you can begin using them with your Maryland EBT card to purchase eligible food items. For a full list of approved food items, see the Food Stamps Eligible Food List here.
For more information on how to check your Maryland EBT Card Balance, please continue reading below.
How to Check Maryland EBT Card Balance
Here’s how to check the balance on your Maryland Independence Card.
Option 1 – Check your Last Receipt
The first option for checking your Maryland Independence Card balance is to check your last receipt. This is the easiest and quickest way to locate the current balance on your Maryland 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 Connect EBT Account
The second option for checking your Maryland EBT Card balance is online through the Connect EBT website.
To log in, visit the Connect 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 a Connect EBT account, you can create a User Account here.
Option 3 – Check by Phone
The last option for checking your Maryland EBT Independence balance is by phone. Call the EBT Customer Service number (1-800-997-2222) 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).
Report a lost, stolen or damaged Maryland EBT Card
If your card is lost, stolen or damaged call EBT Customer Service at 1-800-997-2222 right away.
Maryland EBT Card Help
For information on how to renew your card, get the list of stores that accept EBT, and tips on how to keep your card safe and secure, visit the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) website here.
We hope you found this article helpful! If you have any additional questions about the Maryland EBT card or need help finding your EBT balance, please let us know in the comments section below. If you found this article helpful, please share it using the “Share this” button below.
Be sure to check out our other articles about SNAP and EBT, including:
Maryland Food Stamps Eligibility Guidelines
Check Maryland EBT Card Balance
Maryland EBT Card Guide
What you can buy with an EBT Card
How much in food stamps can I get?
Extra SNAP Benefits – August 2021
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