Florida food stamp cards go dead for a day; recipients get benefits early


Florida’s food stamp cards will go off line for one day next week as the Florida Department of Children and Families switches to a new Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT provider.

In a money-saving move, DCF has signed a new contract with e-Funds, a leader in banking and payment technologies. The switch means a $21 million savings over the next three years for the state.

But during the final system transition, purchases with EBT cards will not be available starting at midnight Monday, Sept. 16. Service resume that evening.

To assist households, SNAP benefits that would normally be issued between Sept. 11 - 15 will be issued early to ensure recipients can plan for the short down time of service and purchase groceries in advance.

New EBT cards will not be needed after the system transition. The existing EBT card will continue to be active.

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