DHHS memo praises advantages of voluntary EBT photo IDs

… Donna Yellen, chief program officer for Preble Street, said that since the federal government put the state on notice, there has been no evidence that the state has done anything to clarify its policy.

"We are still hearing from people who are asking, ‘Do we have to have a photograph?’" Yellen said. "It’s still not clear to us how these photos are helping."

Yellen said in order to use an EBT card, a person must know what the card holder’s personal identification number, or PIN, is. Very often a neighbor or relative will buy groceries for a person who is homebound or elderly and is unable to go to a store to buy food with his EBT card … 

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