M E M O R A N D U M
IM-105 08/05/03 FOOD STAMP
|FOOD STAMP EBT CONVERSIONS
|Effective September 2, 2003, food stamp
benefits in an EBT account will no longer be converted to food stamp coupons
when an EU moves out of state.
U.S. states and territories were required
to have EBT systems that were interoperable with QUEST systems by October
2002. The majority of states now have systems that accept the Missouri
EBT card. Major retailers in most states accept our card.
The following states or territories are
not interoperable with the Missouri EBT card:
Guam will be converting to EBT in mid-2004.
When converted, Guam will have an interoperable system.
Puerto Rico; and
If an EU member reports the EU is moving
out of state and requests food stamp coupons, advise the EU of the following.
Missouri's EBT card is accepted in most states
and U.S. territories.
Major food chain retailers usually accept
Missouri's EBT card. If a retailer can accept debit or credit cards,
there is a very good chance the retailer can accept the Missouri EBT card.
If the EU can complete a balance inquiry at
a retailer, the retailer probably accepts the Missouri EBT card.
If an EU cannot locate a retailer who accepts
the Missouri EBT card, contact the Food Stamp Program and Policy Unit.
The Food Stamp Program and Policy Unit will try to locate a retailer near
the EU that accepts the Missouri EBT card.
If the EU moves to one of the states or territories
listed above, the EU must use their benefits in Missouri before they leave
or purchase food in areas or states that accept our card during their move.
The on-line General Information, EBT Manual
section 0150.040.15 is revised.
Review this memorandum with staff.