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Kentucky Food Benefits/EBT Benefits

Program Description

The Food Benefits/EBT helps people with little or no money buy enough food for healthy meals. It does this by providing people with an EBT card, which can be used to buy food at participating stores. Kentucky Food Benefits/EBT increase the household's food buying power when they are added to the household's money.

Kentucky Food Benefits/EBT will be deposited into a benefit account for you each month. You will receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in the mail to access your food stamp benefits. You may use your EBT card to purchase almost any food item, except ready-to-eat hot foods.

The Kentucky Cabinet runs the Food Benefits/EBT Program for Families and Children.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Kentucky and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself).

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $15,301
2 $20,709
3 $26,117
4 $31,525
5 $36,933
6 $42,341
7 $47,749
8 $53,157

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for this program, you must first download and fill out an application:

Next, return the application to your nearest Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) office via email or fax, or in person: Application instructions can be found at:

Program Contact Information

Or call: 1-800-372-2973
TTY available at: 1-800-627-4720