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Pandemic EBT Cards - 5/13/20
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced this as part of a series of initiatives to combat barriers to nutritious meals for millions of Californians amid the coronavirus pandemic:

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.

Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving in May 12, 2020.

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail, must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will launch in late May.

All families are eligible. Immigrations status is not a factor as schools do not take this into consideration for families with children when they apply for free or reduced-price meals.

Families will be receiving a PEBT card (looks like a debit/credit card), please advise families to not throw this away as this contains the money they will need to purchase food. P-EBT will only allow the purchase of foods (same as Calfresh/foodstamps).

Click the link below for more information on P-EBT. Materials on P-EBT will be made available soon in Spanish.

https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt

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