What is an Oregon Trail Card?An Oregon Trail Card is an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and is similar to a debit card from a bank. It is what the Department of Human Services (DHS) uses to get benefits to clients.When individuals or families qualify for food or cash benefits, Oregon Trail accounts are set up for them. Benefits are deposited into the accounts each month. The Oregon Trail Card, along with a private, Personal Identification Number (PIN), is used to access benefits.Oregon Trail Cards are used mostly for food benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). They also are used for cash benefits through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.Foods for the household to eat, such as: Breads and cereals; Fruits and vegetables; Meats, fish and poultry; Dairy products;Seeds and plants which produce food.
What is EBT?EBT is used in all states to issue food stamp benefits to recipients.Many states also issue cash benefits such as TANF using EBT.Recipients are issued an "EBT Card" similar to a bank ATM or debit card to receive and use their food stamp and/or cash benefits.Benefits are automatically deposited onto the card by the State.Recipients with food stamp benefits can use their EBT Card for eligible food purchases at most grocery stores and some other retailers. Food stamps can only be used for food and for plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat. Food stamps cannot be used to buy:- Any nonfood item, such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, and household supplies, grooming items, toothpaste, and cosmetics. - Alcoholic beverages and tobacco. - Vitamins and medicines.Recipients with cash benefits can use their EBT Card like cash for purchases and cash-back with purchases at grocery stores and at most ATMs (automated teller machines).