How to Use My Minnesota EBT Card

by Loletrazina Church ; Updated July 27, 2017
Purchase food with your Minnesota EBT card.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services offers food and cash assistance to eligible recipients. You can receive the benefits by qualifying through the Food Support Program for eligible families and single adults or the Minnesota Food Assistance Program, which is available to non-U.S. citizens aged 50 and older. When approved for benefits, you can receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer card and the program electronically issues your monthly food or cash benefits. You can use your EBT card to purchase food at stores and, if you receive cash assistance, cash at automated teller machines and stores.

Activate Your Card

Step 1

Receive your Minnesota EBT card and sign the white stripe on the back.

Step 2

Locate and call the customer service number (888-997-2227) on the back of the card to activate the card. You will not be able to use the card until you activate it.

Step 3

Follow the prompts and enter the card number to select a personal identification number.

Make Purchases

Step 1

Visit the store of your choice and select the food you would like to purchase.

Step 2

Take your items to the cash register to check out.

Step 3

Receive your total and swipe your EBT card at the point-of-sale machine in the store. You will need to give the card to the cashier if there is no POS machine. Choose the payment type: EBT Food, or EBT Cash if you would like cash back.

Step 4

Enter your PIN and hit "Enter" to complete your transaction. Select "Yes" when asked if you would like cash back, if you have cash benefits on your card and would like cash. Choose the amount of cash you would like and press "Enter" if you agree with the total amount.

Step 5

Take your cash, your receipt and your card if you gave it to the cashier.


  • Visit an ATM to withdraw cash only. You cannot withdraw cash from your food stamp benefits.

    There is a $2 fee for a replacement card if your EBT card is lost or stolen.

    Call the customer service number on the back of the card if you have any problems using your card.

About the Author

Based in Georgia, Loletrazina Church has been a professional freelance writer for more than 24 years. She has written several health-care articles and advertisement publications for websites such as and Church attended Delgado College with a major in surgical technology.

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