The pandemic EBT program (P-EBT) was introduced in 2020.
The program was extended in 2021.
How much is the P-EBT benefit and who qualifies?
$6.82 was given to each eligible child per each in-person school day as part of the P-EBT program. The maximum weekly benefit is $34 per child. The program also ran during the summer of 2021. Read more about it here.
Not all kids automatically qualify. It is designed to help children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Students who are eligible for free meals through Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) qualify for P-EBT.
The student must be in school virtually or hybrid learning due to pandemic related school closures.
How long will it last in California?
The federal backing for P-EBT ended after the 2020-21 school year. However, California intends to keep the program in place in 2022 to support families in need.
How long will it last in Florida?
P-EBT cards remained in place during 2021, and that is the expectation for 2022 as well. Florida plans to send staggered disbursements throughout 2022.
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