Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP recipients in South Dakota receive their benefits in an electronic account. Recipients are given a plastic debit card, similar to a credit card allowing them to purchase food items at authorized stores. Through the use of electronic technology, the card is swiped at the store and the purchase is debited from the recipient’s account and credited to the retailer’s commercial bank account.
Recipients may only purchase authorized food items using their EBT cards. SNAP recipients do not receive change and they cannot overdraw their account.
SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer provides multiple advantages for everyone. It is cost effective, efficient and accountable. For recipients, it is convenient and secure. Retailers and financial institutions find the system financially accountable, easy to reconcile and economical.