Is P-EBT Cash or Food Stamps?

P-EBT is a new program that provides extra help to families with children who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to the coronavirus pandemic. But what is P-EBT, and how can you use it?

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P-EBT: What is it?

The P-EBT program is a federal benefit that helps families buy food for their children who would normally receive free or reduced-price lunch at school. P-EBT benefits are issued to families on an EBT card, which can be used like a debit card to buy food at stores that accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. Families do not need to be receiving SNAP benefits to qualify for P-EBT.

How is P-EBT different from food stamps?

P-EBT is a type of government benefits that helps families afford food during the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT is not the same as food stamps, but it can be used to buy food at grocery stores and other places that accept food stamps. P-EBT is a temporary program, so it is only available for a limited time.

What are the benefits of P-EBT?

The P-EBT program provides additional food benefits to eligible low-income families with children who are unable to receive free or reduced-price school meals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) will receive benefits on a P-EBT card. Families with children who are attending a school that is operating under a Section 504 plan or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will also be eligible for P-EBT benefits.

How do I apply for P-EBT?

To apply for P-EBT, you will need to fill out an application and submit it to your local Department of Social Services office. Once your application has been processed, you will be notified of your benefits and how to access them. P-EBT is a food assistance program, so you will use your benefits to purchase food at participating grocery stores and markets.

How do I use my P-EBT benefits?

You can use your P-EBT benefits to buy food at any store that accepts food stamps. To find a store near you that accepts food stamps, visit the USDA website or call 1-800- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

What are the income requirements for P-EBT?

In order to be eligible for P-EBT, your family’s household income must fall below the following levels:
-For a family of four, the household income must be below $5,372 a month.
-For a family of three, the household income must be below $4,441 a month.
-For a family of two, the household income must be below $3,509 a month.
-For a single person, the monthly household income must be below $2,578.

What are the eligibility requirements for P-EBT?

P-EBT ( Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer) is a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and implemented by the USDA. P-EBT provides additional food benefits to children who would have received free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) if not for pandemic-related school closures.

To be eligible for P-EBT benefits, a child must:
-Be age 5-18
-Have been attending a school that participated in the NSLP
-Be eligible for free or reduced price meals under the NSLP

If you meet all of the above criteria, you may be eligible for P-EBT benefits.

What are the other requirements for P-EBT?

P-EBT is a supplemental food assistance program for children who would normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school. Families with children who are eligible for P-EBT will receive a one-time benefit on a Lone Star Card, which can be used like cash or food stamps at most food retailers. To be eligible for P-EBT, children must meet the following requirements:

-Be between the ages of 5 and 18
-Attend a public school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
-Be from a household that meets the income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced-price lunch

What are the consequences of not meeting the requirements for P-EBT?

If you do not meet the requirements for P-EBT, you may be disqualified from receiving benefits.

How can I get more information about P-EBT?

The Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) program is a special food benefits program for low-income families with children who have lost access to free or reduced-cost school meals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families can get up to $5.70 per child per day in P-EBT benefits, which can be used to purchase food at grocery stores and other participating retailers.

If you think you may be eligible for P-EBT benefits, please contact your state’s P-EBT program office for more information. You can find contact information for your state’s P-EBT program office on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website.

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