Did your student lose access to free school meals due to COVID-19 related closures? P-EBT might be able to help!

AJE is happy to share this information from our Under 3 DC coalition partners, D.C. Hunger Solutions.  

Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) is live! 

P-EBT is a new program which provides benefits to purchase foods to families who have lost access to free school meals due to COVID-19 related school closures. Benefits are retroactive to when schools initially closed. The first round of benefits to households already enrolled in SNAP/TANF will be transferred this Friday, May 22.

All households with students in pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade receiving free school meals at D.C. Public Schools and public charter schools are eligible for P-EBT. This includes income-eligible families who have submitted a Free and Reduced-priced Meals (FARM) application, families receiving SNAP or TANF, and all families with students attending a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school.

DHS has created a landing page and P-EBT Call Center for families (202-868-6663, M-F from 7:30am – 4:45pm). Families should use the P-EBT Call Center for more information on P-EBT and questions about their enrollment status.
You can download our FAQ on our website here (and attached), and please retweet/share on social (Twitter: @dchunger Insta/FB: @dchungersolutions).
It is VERY important for families who are not enrolled in free or reduced-priced meals and do not attend a CEP school to apply asap. If a family applies any time in May, they will receive the full May and June benefits. However, if they apply on June 1, they miss out of all May benefits. The deadline to apply for all new families is June 19. Because of delays in SNAP application verifications, the best way for new families to apply is to contact their school to submit a FARM application.

If you have questions, please contact

Paige Pokorney, MPH (she, her pronouns)
Anti-Hunger Program Associate
Child Nutrition
D.C. Hunger Solutions | An Initiative of the Food Research and Action Center
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036
ppokorney@dchunger.org | Phone: (202) 640-1088 ext 3020 | Fax: 202-640-1085 | www.dchunger.org

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