What is the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program?
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides nutrition benefits to students who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals, including students who have hybrid schedules that reduce the number of days or hours they are in the school building, or who are fully remote learning (even if their school is open to some students).
The State of Alaska’s application is in pending status but we anticipate P-EBT benefits to be issued this summer.
What is the intent of the P-EBT program?
* Similar to other federal programs, P-EBT was put into place to provide assistance and relief during the COVID pandemic.
*To help families of school age children during the pandemic.
*Money to buy food that replaces the school meals missed while school buildings have been closed or operating with reduced hours due to the pandemic.
*Issued when school buildings were closed or remote, or a reduced schedule, for 5 consecutive days or more.
Which students are eligible?
Student must have been enrolled at a school that is approved to provide USDA National School Program and/or School Breakfast Program
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- Student must have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals by one of the following:
Individually eligible by meal application or status for free or reduced price meals or status in SNAP, TANF, Migrant, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), foster care, homeless/runaway.
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School site is approved to participate in school nutrition under Community Eligibility Provision.
(Nenana City School is operating under the CEP program currently)
What about families in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) districts/schools that don’t want or need benefits?
- Information will be provided with card on how to decline benefits
- Benefits are not transferable
- Cannot be gifted or donated
- A CEP school is one that is able to serve all meals at no charge to families and does not take income-applications due to the high number of children eligible w/o application (i.e. SNAP, TANF, Migrant, foster children, homeless/runaway, and FDPIR)
Who is NOT Eligible for P-EBT?
- Students who are home-schooled.
- Children who are no longer enrolled in a National School Lunch Program (NSLP) /School Breakfast Program (SBP) participating school and are being homeschooled are not eligible to receive P-EBT benefits.
- Students enrolled at schools that normally do not participate in the NSLP.
How Do Families Get P-EBT?
- There is no application.
- Benefits will be automatically issued to eligible students on a new EBT card sent to their household in the mail.
Each eligible student will receive a separate card.
The time frame for cards to be sent out is unknown at this point, but watch your incoming mail, after the state determines the benefit for each student, the cards will be mailed out.
If you have questions, you can contact the P-EBT program representatives at 800-478-7778.