Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures. Families will receive money on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the school meals gap. The average benefit will be $5.70/day per student, retroactive to when school initially closed.

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the New York State Education Department will issue P-EBT benefits to current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households and non-SNAP households, which include children eligible for free and reduced price school meals, through the State’s SNAP EBT card system. The State estimates that it will issue $369.5 million to 448,500 SNAP and Public Assistance households and $347.6 million to 824,000 non-SNAP/PA children for school closures extending from March 16, 2020 through June 25, 2020 a total of 74 days.

Hunger Solutions NY will be leading a call on Thursday with OTDA to discuss messaging, outreach strategies, and how we can best work together to educate families and fellow child nutrition advocates about this important benefit.

More info here: https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/resource-files/New%20York%20PEBT%20Approval%20Letter.pdf

Senator Gillibrand press release: https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/news/press/release/following-push-from-gillibrand-and-schumer-usda-approves-new-york-states-pandemic-ebt-program

General info on P-EBT: https://frac.org/pebt