SNAP Guidance: What Is Pandemic EBT for Summer 2022 and Is My Child Eligible for Food Benefits?

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Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic that allows eligible schoolchildren to receive temporary emergency food assistance. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the FFCRA) has authorized the USDA to approve an extension of the state P-EBT plan during a “covered summer period,” which can be defined as a summer period following a school year during which there was a federal public health emergency declaration.

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Under the FFCRA, states with an approved extension for a covered summer period can issue P-EBT benefits during this period no matter the student’s school status, COVID-related absences, virtual learning days or the operating status of covered child care facilities.

Children in school may be eligible for P-EBT during the covered summer period of 2022 if:

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Children in child care programs may be eligible for P-EBT during the covered summer period of 2022 if:

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To see if your state has been approved to operate a P-EBT program, you can check the USDA official website. They also provide a thorough list of frequently asked questions about the program.

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