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EBT Card Shipping Delays | News

LAFAYETTE, La. – Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards, also known as EBT cards, are essential for millions of Americans as they help people afford basic necessities like food. Currently, delivery dates for EBT cards have been delayed according to the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services.

This delay is due to inclement weather, the pandemic, supply and labor shortages.

“It’s hard to keep your family safe and fed and awake if you don’t already have anything. With all these other things going on like food shortages, everyone is going to suffer,” Ryan Johnnie said.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services said it received multiple phone calls from people complaining that their EBT cards were being delivered about 10 to 14 days after expected arrival.

“You know, not everyone has it these days and food stamps really help,” said one Louisiana resident.

A resident says her sister has been late for 3 months.

“She was overwhelmed, she is counting on this for her children, she has two babies. One is almost 2 months old and the other is almost two years old, so she is struggling to find formula for the baby,” said one Louisiana resident.

Now, of course, EBT cards are a method of providing government benefits to people. Unfortunately, Louisiana residents aren’t the only ones having to think of new ways to pay for their products.

Mississippi, Alabama, and Washington are just a few other states to name a few that are also experiencing EBT card delays.

In a statement, DCFS said “If you are expecting a card, rest assured that your request has been received and is being processed by our contractors.”

“I used to buy sweets and little extras, but now we have to decide what we want and don’t want, so I’m more inclined to just buy needs and not wants,” said a resident of Louisiana.

Currently, DCFS is working with EBT contractors and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to find ways to resolve weather and pandemic-related supply issues in an effort to speed up card deliveries.

Right now, it’s recommended to cut coupons, buy sale items, and compare prices between stores while waiting for your EBT card to arrive in the mail.

For more tips on how you can get more bang for your buck at the grocery store, here’s an additional list of options to consider.

-Register for the loyalty program of your grocery stores

-Join a wholesale club

– Walk in with a list of grocery items and stick to it

-Avoid prepackaged or processed items

-Buy generic brands

-Use a discount app