Can I Use My EBT Food Stamp Card From Montana in Idaho?


Montana adopted the new name for the food stamp program when the federal government changed it in October 2008 to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The EBT card, which stands for Electronic Benefit Transfer, is how people receive their benefits. Their monthly benefit allotment is deposited onto this card and is used like a debit card. According to the United States Food and Nutrition Service, the EBT card is designed for use everywhere.

From Montana to Idaho

If you're traveling from Montana to Idaho with your EBT card, you don't have to worry about having your card declined simply because you're in a different state from the one in which your card was issued. Your Montana EBT card will work in any state in the nation, including Idaho.

Shopping in Idaho

The EBT card is accepted at grocery stores, organic stores and farmer's markets that are approved SNAP vendors. Not every store is approved, as the store owner has to apply for approval, so check before you shop. Look for the "Quest" logo, which should be displayed in the window of any store that accepts food stamps, or ask a manager prior to shopping.


If you're moving to Idaho rather than visiting, you should apply for SNAP in your new state. SNAP is paid for by the federal government, but it's up to each individual state to distribute benefits. For this reason, it isn't legal to receive benefits from Montana if you've moved to Idaho. Apply for benefits right away so there won't be a delay in receiving them.

Benefit Changes

If you have moved to Idaho, your benefit amount may not be the same as it was in Montana. Any changes in your living situation will reflect on your SNAP allotment. For instance, if you're earning more money through a new job, your expenses decrease or you have fewer people in your household, you may receive less. The opposite holds true as well.

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