Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a one-time monetary benefit that provides nutrition benefits to all families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals because schools are closed. Eligible students and families will receive money on a new or existing Electronic Benefit Transfer card (EBT)to help fill the school meals gap. The average benefit will be $5.70/day per student, retroactive to when school initially closed.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A P-EBT CARD?
- Any legal guardian with one or more children in their household, and
- whose children are under age 18,
- who receive free or reduced lunch at school and/or receive SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR
WHAT YOU CAN SPEND P-EBT DOLLARS ON?
The P-EBT card works just like a debit card to purchase food items anywhere EBT benefits are accepted. Click here for a list of what you can buy with P-EBT. Click here to find a list of EBT retailers.
HOW DO I GET A P-EBT CARD?
- If you receive SNAP, benefits will be added to your EBT card in the coming weeks. If you currently receive SNAP, participation in P-EBT does NOT affect any of your existing SNAP benefits.
- If you do not receive SNAP but your children received free and reduced-price meals during the school year, an EBT card will be sent in the mail to eligible students.
- If a family doesn’t receive SNAP benefits but students received free and reduced-price meals during the school year, they need to apply for benefits with their school district. APPLY BY: JUNE 19, 2020
Immigrant and Undocumented Families: THIS WILL NOT HURT IMMIGRANT FAMILIES UNDER THE PUBLIC CHARGE RULE. IT IS NOT SNAP.
HOW MUCH WILL I RECEIVE?
- SNAP Households: You will receive approximately $5.70 per child for every day school has been closed through the end of the school year
- Receives Free or Reduced Priced meals at school or attends a school where all children eat for free: You will receive approximately $5.70 per child for every day school has been closed through the end of the school year.
- Families who have lost a job or wages: If eligible for SNAP, TANF or free/reduced-priced meals, you will receive approximately $5.70 per child for every day school has been closed retroactive to the beginning of the month you apply.
Will this affect my ability to receive other benefits?
A: No, it will not.
Please contact Pat Baca, Director of Student Nutrition at (505) 454-5714 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.