Apply for food stamps or cash assistance. You can apply for benefits online (see Resources). The interview-style application will walk you through the process. Once you have finished the application, you'll be assigned a case number. Applications are generally processed within 30 days.2
Wait for your EBT card to arrive in the mail, if you are approved for benefits. If this is the first time you have applied for benefits, you will receive a card in the mail.3
Call the listed phone number to register your card and activate your EBT account. During the phone call, you'll choose a 4-digit PIN for your card.