Food Stamps for Postage: USPS Accepts EBT

Elena Lathrop, Breitbart, February 26, 2013

A reader sends in this photo of a US Postal Service automated kiosk displaying a message that the machine accepts EBT to purchase postage.


The USPS considers EBT in the same category of payment as a debit card and states on their About page, “Most debit cards and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are accepted for all Postal Service products and services.” Thus, a customer not belonging to any bank could use EBT to purchase a money order to pay a bill or send money to another person—or even acquire a passport.

There is a reason why EBT funds are only colloquially referred to as “food stamps” as of late; the range of commodities they can be used to purchase has widely broadened over time. EBT has been used to buy cigarettes, gasoline, and even booze and strip club jaunts.


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  • MekongDelta69

    EBT has been used to buy cigarettes, gasoline, and even booze and strip club jaunts

    All paid for by

    (Get up from your PC and go look in the mirror. I’ll wait until you come back.)

    • Robert Binion

      I hate to think that money for a hungry child could go up an absent daddy’s nose. They put bankers who launder drug money in the joint.

  • pcmustgo

    Can see this getting defrauded- to ship drugs and stuff.

  • The kind of person who would use his or her “it’s free swipe yo’ EBT” card at the post office probably needs stamps to do one of two things:

    1. Send snail mail to friends or relatives in prison,


    2. Send stamps to friends or relatives in prison so they can send snail mail to the outside.

    • The__Bobster

      Stamps can also be easily sold on the street.

  • a multiracial individual

    Govt money going back to the govt

    • The Last White Man Standing

      Actually it’s taxpayer’s money going back to the government. It goes from the taxpayer, to the government, to the welfare leeches, and then back to the government.

  • [Guest]

    Why not? The special classes own the post office anyway.

    • Katherine McChesney

      My postman tells me that the blacks he works with play the race card constantly.

  • Nathanwartooth

    With the USPS going under I guess they need all the help they can get.

    If you dare make fun of this they will berate you and tell you that people with EBT cards need stamps to send out job resumes and you are a monster for not wanting them to get a job.

  • JackKrak

    Food, housing, health care, education, cell phones, a long list of other things and now the POST OFFICE???
    Is there anything blacks can be expected to pay for on their own?

    • So CAL Snowman

      IF they could pay for it, they wouldnt be black.

  • The__Bobster

    I’ve read that EBT recipients in some states actually have two accounts, a food account and a cash account that can be used for non-food items.

    • Michael Mason

      The government really isn’t giving them money because it wants to feed them, it’s giving them money because they don’t want the rest of us to be crushed by an African stampede.

      • > don’t want the rest of us to be crushed by an African stampede

        That’s a military problem. If the Democratic Party wasn’t protecting its paramilitaries, the gangsters would lose military control over their turf in a heartbeat.

        Make no mistake, Black gangs are allowed to operate and provided with patronage in exchange for intimidating people into allowing Democrats to perpetuate and extend programs like Head Start, which hasn’t accomplished a damn thing since its inception 50 years ago.

        Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a figurehead of masters at using paramilitaries in propaganda. He repeatedly said that the alternative to giving him what he wanted was for the paramilitaries to commit terrorism, a.k.a. race riots.

        Race riots are exactly the same as Kristallnacht or the massacres at Sabra and Shatila, the government withdraws protection and pretends to be helpless as paramilitaries attack the other civilians they see as enemies. Race riots are actually war crimes that the government is directly responsible for permitting.

        • Michael Mason

          The Marxists that secretly control the government (who are a certain group which shall remain unnamed out of respect to Amren’s policy) have effectively done to white Americans what is allegorical to locking a child in a cage with an angry gorilla; racial pun intended. Furthermore, because this same group controls the media; such represents the fact that the child’s screams go unheard by the outside world.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      This is correct; I believe they receive their TANF benefits (cash welfare) on the EBT card now, in a separate account from the food stamps.

  • Food Stamp Queen

    No, I don’t think you can use food stamps to buy non-food items. I think the card they give you can be loaded with money like a debit card. So, for example, I have a EBT card, I have two accounts, one food, one for other expenses. It works just like a debit card except it has a food acct and non-food acct. How is money loaded into the non-food acct? I dunno, I never tried it. But I imagine if you are receiving cash from TANF (welfare) you can get it so it loads directly onto your card just like the food-stamps go directly on your card at the 1st of the month.

    • Katherine McChesney

      You sound as if you are experienced with entitlements.

  • bigone4u

    The problem isn’t that welfare benefits exist or that they are too generous, but that a certain class of persons (think the color that is the absence of color) has made them a lifetime lifestyle. My farmer’s wife granny went on food stamps when granpa had a heart attack and could no longer farm after a lifetime of hard work on his 60 acres. It pee pees me off to see able bodied fat ignorant individuals receive benefits just for breathing and breeding. That’s the problem, not that they can buy stamps with the benefits.

    • Anon

      You vastly understate the issue and don’t really understand the problem at all.

      THE problem is there is only one race that values society and civilization and altruism over their own petty greed….white people. You assume a few bad apples ruin the cart making welfare not work because a few people were allowed to indulge in bad behavior.

      Nothing could be further from the truth. The TRUTH is, only one race has any interest besides getting as much as they can at the expense of everyone else….white people. Nobility, altruism, self-sacrifice, mercy…these things simply don’t exist in other races. Because of that, something like welfare only works in a 100% white society. In fact, most of the collective behavior we take for granted only exists because white people maintain a police state to force it to work to the extent such force CAN work.

      Consider your phone, for example. One day, white people decided it would be nice if everyone could participate in a luxury like a phone and put up millions of miles of wiring to make it happen. Ditto with electricity. But how likely would these things be to have worked if, every time a mile of wire was put down, some group of people came along and stole it to sell as scrap for some drug money? This is EXACTLY what goes on in every non-white country of the world. The effect is quite startling when viewed from space….the white world is lit up, bright as day. Everywhere non-whites rule is dark. Basic trust is a whites only issue.

      Which makes the solution alot more serious and involved than you suggest. Tougher rules for welfare aren’t going to cut it. Maybe if the US were to become an apartheid state like south africa once was….but let’s be honest here…because of the tendency of whites to see others as having our qualities of humanity, such a things will never stand for long.

      We simply cannot have welfare unless we get rid of the blacks. And I mean that in a direct sense. Our economy is about to collapse over the welfare issue which will force it to stop. When that happens, I suspect the US will break into ethno-states and force a solution that way (have you evaluated where you personally, live, were that to occur…..I suggest you do).

      Not only is diversity not a strength…there is no such thing as diversity….only balkanization. The US is halfway through the process of balkanization…..eventually, it will manifest fully.

  • guest

    That’s great because stamps can be resold for (almost) their face value. This means they can go from EBT -> cash -> booze, drugs, gambling, prostitutes with less fees. Why don’t we stop pretending, and give all EBT benefits as spend-it-anywhere cash? I know that it’s very common for EBTs to be converted to cash at a discount by independent store owners.

  • It seems the philosophy nowadays is that if enough blacks do it, then we have to accept it. Too many blacks in prison? change sentencing laws, too many blacks smoking pot? legalize pot. too many blacks don’t graduate? lower the requirements. too many blacks abuse their EBT cards? give them an ATM card. blacks are winning the war through attrition, they are going to keep wearing us down until we surrender.

  • crystalevans

    Heck in TN, people were swiping their EBT cards at strip clubs. Is the post office any worse? I do not think so.

  • IKantunderstand

    Knowing many Blacks, I know that the “EBT” card has a food component and a cash component. The funds available are allocated between the two. The food part can only be used for food purchases. The cash part , can be used for anything. The cash part was originally meant for items like toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste, laundry detergent, etc. Most people only get EBT for food only. I apologize for having this information. Obviously was bitterly clinging to my liberal ideals in Detroit too long.

    • Michael Mason

      I wonder how much money they get a month on average. What bitterly angers me is they act like they deserve it for no reason, and continue to do all the things they do. Inferiority so often assumes the act of taking massive blessings for granted and even biting the hand that feeds you.

  • Puggg

    I wonder if the USPS will accept the EBT for items in its soon to be high in demand clothing line.

    If you’re wearing official USPS clothing, does this mean it’s actually okay if you go into the wrong house?

  • odious liberal

    Put a picture of obama on the card and we have a new currency.

  • vaportrail

    Whats to keep them from buying a postal money order and making it out to themselves, cashing it at another place and buying drugs, liquor, whores and fried chicken? Sorry I forgot fried chicken is ok.

    • DiamondBackPain

      Because you can’t spend food stamps on money orders. PERIOD. Do some research.

  • Some Guy

    A New York-based nonprofit group is trying to help low-income families around the nation by offering “food stamps” for pets.

  • Vyncennt

    Although I personally detest welfare programs in general, this article is VERY misleading. I suspect intentionally so.

    The EBT cards that are issued can be loaded with both “food stamps” and “cash assistance”. The card itself can be legally used to debit cash from the “cash assistance” portion of the funds for other items besides food. The “food stamps” allocation of the funds can not (legally).

    Do not take this the wrong way. Let me state again that I absolutely abhor welfare programs for all but the most severely crippled…..but articles that publish misleading information like this are of no assistance to us. Any argument our readers base on false information like this will likely be invalidated quickly and lead to diminished trust of those readers’ arguments in the future.

    Misinformation is a tool of the liberal. Let us not fall into the same trap lest we become that which we despise.

    • DiamondBackPain

      This was my comment exactly. This article is totally incorrect on this point. No food stamps can be spent on anything but food. Period.

  • Paleoconn

    To me, postage is a luxury. You don’t need it to survive any more than you need an Obamaphone.

    It is an Obamanation that White taxpayers are financing these perks for black deadbeats.