What are P-EBT food benefits?
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Act. These temporary food benefits are to help cover the cost of meals children would otherwise would have received at school.
Thousands of households will be receiving Pandemic- EBT up to $420 for one child for the entire March through June period. If your children receive free or reduced-price school lunches, then they are eligible to receive P-EBT food benefits for the days their school was closed due to COVID-19.
Does my foster child/children qualify for P-EBT food benefits if they were receiving free and/or reduced-price meals? YES
Children ages 3 and 4, who attend pre-kindergarten and who receive free or reduced-price lunch are also eligible. Young adults with disabilities who are ages 19 through 21 who are still in school and who receive free and reduced-price meals are also eligible. Each child can receive a total of $420 for the entire March through June period.
So how can I apply?
You don’t. emergency P- EBT will be issued automatically on the current EBT card
If you are not receiving any EBT benefits, you can call the Emergency FoodLine at 866-888-8777. This is an automated hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or apply online here: https://a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra/
The information provided above is for educational purposes, and expresses my knowledge and experience working in the New York City Metropolitan area. The intention of this post is to help equip seniors, family, and friends with resources and information that can help you live a better and healthier life.