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“Why were my food stamps stopped?!” That question can illicit panic in anyone who relies on food stamps benefits to feed their family. After all, people with EBT are usually acutely aware of when they should receive their food stamps. If the money doesn’t show up on time, it can be very alarming.
I’m Nicole from LowIncomeRelief.com, where we help millions of people save money and get free stuff.
If you’re wondering, “why were my food stamps stopped?” don’t worry. It turns out, there are several common reasons why your food stamps may not arrive when you expect them. We’ve found four reasons why your food stamps or EBT cash benefits may not have arrived when you expected them.
The schedule may have been adjusted.
Although many states send their benefits payments on the first of each month, other states do things differently. Some states determine their schedules based on your birthday, last name, case number, application date, Social Security Number, or another factor.
We have a current schedule for all 50 states on our website at LowIncomeRelief.com. There’s a direct link in the description of this video for your convenience!
Weekends and holidays can also mess up the schedule. If your payments were due to be sent out on a Sunday, they will often be disbursed the following Monday. Holidays can also affect the distribution schedule.
You may have missed a recertification deadline.
Every few months, you will need to re-certify, or resubmit paperwork to prove that you are still eligible for benefits. If you miss a deadline for paperwork or a phone interview, your benefits may stop.
The re-certification varies, depending on your circumstances. The length of time is usually 6-12 months. Some people, may have to re-certify more frequently.
With the ESAP program, seniors and disabled adults may only need to re-certify once every two years! You can find more info about ESAP in the link below as well.
It’s important to always check your mail and open anything you receive from the food stamps office. This will help you ensure that you do not miss any deadlines.
If the answer to ”Why were my food stamps stopped?” is that you missed a deadline, you will need to contact your local agency as soon as possible in order to complete your re-certification. If you complete your re-certification within 30 days of the date it was due, your case may be reopened with minimal difficulty.
You haven’t used your benefits in a while.
Although it is much less common, sometimes benefits will be stopped because someone has not used their card in a long time (usually an entire year) or the card has accrued an unusually high balance. You will receive a letter from the agency before your benefits are stopped for this reason, however.
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