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The Impacts of state-initiated EBT demonstrations on the food stamp program


Author:
Kirlin, John A., Abt Associates, and United States Food and Nutrition Service. Office of Analysis and Evaluation.
Year:
1993
Subject:
Food stamps -- United States -- Technological innovations and Electronic benefits transfers -- United States
Abstract:
Electronic benefit transfer is an alternative method of issuing and redeeming benefits in the Food Stamp Program. It replaces paper food stamp coupons with a computer system, a point-of-sale terminal network, and EBT access codes. In 1988 FNS authorized EBT demonstrations in Ramsey County, Minnesota; New Mexico; Arizona and Washington State. The purpose of the demonstrations was to determine if it were possible for state agencies and their EBT vendors to design and operate EBT systems that were secure and acceptable for participants and retailers, yet have costs approaching those associated with current coupon-based issuance systems. This report presents the results of the evaluation of the New Mexico and Ramsey County, Minnesota EBT demonstrations.
Format:
1 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 28 cm.
Publisher:
The Office
Collection:
USDA publications