New Pandemic-EBT Card
Summary of information about new P-EBT (Pandemic) federally funded program that will provide extra food benefits for:
All children who attend a public or private school whose family already receives public assistance (CalFRESH, Medi-Cal, foster care)
All children in CA who attend a public or private school who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. (Kindergarten through age 21)
Each child who qualifies will receive a P-EBT card mailed to their home address with up to $365 loaded on the card for use by the parents/guardians to buy food for the family. The card can be used at most grocery stores, certified farmers markets, Amazon and Wal-Mart.
For families with multiple children who are eligible for the card – The family will receive one card with the combined cash value of $365/child loaded on one card. The card will be listed with the oldest child’s name on it.
This is a one-time benefit that is completely separate from the CalFresh program.
Families who are already receiving public assistance will automatically receive the P-EBT card in the mail sometime between May 12-22.
Families who are NOT receiving public assistance will need to go on-line to complete a very simple, 5-minute max application. The online application will be available beginning May 22 through June 30. If a family misses the deadline for the application, they cannot apply after June 30.
The application will be available in English, Spanish and Chinese.
The P-EBT card will be mailed to the family within 5-10 days after the online application has been submitted.
Whether the family applies May 22 or June 30, the P-EBT will be the same – up to $365 per child.
The P-EBT is available to every child who meets the public assistance or free and reduced-price school meal criteria – regardless of immigration status
P-EBT benefits will not be affected (in terms of the $$ amount) if the child utilizes the free grab-and-go meals provided at schools
Click on the link for more information: http://www.cdss.ca.gov/pandemic-ebt