The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved Wyoming’s Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer
program (P-EBT) plan on May 16, 2020. To better reach the families in Wyoming and to ease the state’s administrative burden, Wyoming revised its plan to eliminate the application and directly issue P-EBT benefits to the families who had not already received them. This change allowed more families to be able to access the P-EBT benefits that they needed. Wyoming’s experience provides insight into the rewards of directly issuing the benefits instead of requiring applications and how a state could move from an application process to direct issuance.