The P-EBT Program provides households with an EBT debit card that contains the cash value of one school breakfast and one lunch for each day that school classes are canceled due to COVID-19 ($5.70 per day per child). Eligible households include those whose children are certified to receive free or reduced-price school meals and children who attend schools that offer free school meals to all students (such as Community Eligibility Provision or CEP schools). P-EBT Cards must be used only for food purchases at participating food retailers.
Cards will be issued in three phases beginning in late May and through the remainder of school closures and the benefits will be retroactive to March 17, 2020. Households will receive P-EBT Cards according to the following implementation plan:
Phase 1 - Around Late May: Students in households receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Phase 2 - Around Late May: Students in households directly certified for free school meals based on their enrollment in Medicaid (HUSKY A)
Phase 3 - Around Mid-June: Students not included in Phase 1 or Phase 2 but receiving free or reduced-price school meals when school is in session (e.g., students who are not participating in SNAP/TANF/HUSKY but are enrolled in a CEP school and receiving free school meals; students determined eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through traditional household income applications, and students who are homeless or in foster care).
Families will receive a P-EBT flyer with the P-EBT Card that provides instructions on how to activate and redeem the benefits. To activate the card, families will need the 18-digit card number and the date of birth of the individual listed on the card.
DSS and CSDE do not possess mailing addresses for students in Phase 3. Therefore, the District will provide the primary address for all currently enrolled students. If you believe your mailing address may not be updated, please contact your child’s school or email a school administrator.
Households whose students received free or reduced-price meals anytime during the school year should expect to receive a P-EBT Card in the mail. Please rest assured that the CSDE is working with DSS to ensure that the address information provided by CSDE is safeguarded by DSS and that data for students who were not previously enrolled in a benefits program administered by DSS will be deleted upon completion of the P-EBT benefits being issued and will not be retained by DSS.