Food benefits for families during COVID-19
What is P-EBT?
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a new program that give food benefits to children who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals because of COVID-19 school closures in March, April and May 2020. P-EBT benefits can be used to buy food at all stores that accept EBT.
Will my child get P-EBT?
Children who would have received free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) in Nevada are eligible. This includes children who attend schools that offer free meals to all. Benefits will be issued automatically. There is no application.
How much will my child receive?
Each eligible child will receive $5.70 per day for each school day missed in March, April, and May 2020, as long as the child was enrolled and eligible for the NSLP.
|Who?||Families that receive SNAP Benefits||Families that receive TANF Benefits||All other eligible children|
|How?||On your current EBT card||On your current EBT card||On a new EBT card (in the name of the individual who enrolled the eligible child/children in school) mailed to your house.|
|When?||In one payment, Benefits will be issued beginning August 30 through September 8, 2020||In one payment, Benefits will be issued beginning August 30 through September 8, 2020||In one payment, Benefits will be issued beginning August 30 through September 8, 2020|
If you have not received a P-EBT card and/or benefit by mid-September, call the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services P-EBT Information Line at 775-684-8740 in Northern Nevada or 702-486-9640 in Southern Nevada. Operating hours for the P-EBT Information Line are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Other important things to know:
- Your immigration status does not matter. Using P-EBT does not affect your or your child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does not apply to P-EBT.
- You can use other nutrition programs like summer meals, SNAP, and WIC, while using P-EBT. You can also continue to get school meals from your enrolled school.
- You cannot give your card to another person or household to use.