Can I Use My Arizona Food Stamp Card in Another State?

Applicants must be U.S. citizen or legal immigrants.

The food stamp program in Arizona is called the Nutrition Assistance Program, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security. The program helps those in dire financial straits and who need help to purchase healthful food, even if they hold down full-time jobs. Certain financial and household requirements need to be met in order for an applicant to be eligible.

Other States

Yes, you can use your Arizona food stamp card in other states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Look for the "Quest" sign in store windows to make sure the store accepts the EBT card. Only Puerto Rico can't accept EBT, as its food supplement programs are different from other states.

How Much Money?

The amount of assistance an applicant can be approved for depends on his income and the number of people in his household, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security. For a one-person household that meets all requirements, the maximum food stamp benefits are $200 a month. It's $668 a month for a family of four, and $1,052 a month for a family of seven.

How to Use

Check your balance before shopping to make sure you have enough money to cover your purchases, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Look for the "Quest" logo in the store window. Make your purchases and swipe your card at the register before keying in your pin number, just like you would for a debit card.

What to Buy

You can buy any unprepared food item with your EBT card, such as meats, dairy, produce and processed foods like crackers, cereal, chips and frozen dinners, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. You can not buy cigarettes, alcohol, medicine or cooked meals.

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