Urge your Members of Congress to Strengthen and Extend P-EBT before September 30

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act created the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, which provides an important opportunity to provide nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-19 school closures. Eligible families receive money on a new or existing EBT card with the value of free school breakfast and lunch for the days that schools are closed. The value on the EBT card is approximately $5.70 per day, per student, retroactive to when the school initially closed.

 

All the states and the District of Columbia have been approved to operate P-EBT.[1] They are able to provide critical nutritional support to families in need. The new program is set to expire on September 30, 2020 without Congressional action. In addition, there are a number of ways to build on the success of P-EBT so that it reaches all of the families with children who would benefit from additional nutritional support.

 

Download FRAC’s P-EBT Priorities for a full list of the provisions FRAC and partners would like to see included in the next relief package.

 

[1] See https://frac.org/pebt for a complete list of states that have been approved to operate Pandemic EBT and for additional information about P-EBT.

 

Pandemic EBT Testimonials

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“My grocery bill has essentially tripled. My bills got behind and I did not have the benefit of being home or receiving extra income from other benefits such as unemployment. The P-EBT card money I received for groceries was a true blessing which helped me provide food for my kids. I hope legislators find it in their hearts to help us parents who still have to work and provide food for our children who are at home trying to distance learn.” -Parent, California

 

“P-EBT has helped our household tremendously and we are so extremely grateful for it. We have high school boys and the extra money we received for them was used at a time when it would have been either food or bills. So thank you, thank you, thank you for doing this when you did.”  –Parent, Colorado

 

“My family and I are so thankful to get the extra help. We didn’t know if we were going to be able to eat each day.. We don’t qualify for SNAP benefits but I have bills just like everyone else and still struggle on a daily basis. It would be so much help to get another month or two of the P-EBT.” –Parent, Arkansas

 

“The P EBT program has made it possible for me to feed my children and keep them healthy. The price of groceries has grown to a higher rate since the pandemic. This makes it hard for working parents to pay rent, utilities and other bills and provide a healthy meal three times a day.” –Parent, New Jersey

 

“The P-EBT program has been a blessing for my family. We are a family of seven with one in college and the otherfour are metro students. I have been able to provide my children with a hot nutritious meal three times a  day and fresh fruit without having to normally would have to.” –Parent, Tennessee