Iowa has been approved to operate the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT), which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free and reduced-price meals during school closures. The EBT benefit is to offset the cost of meals that would have otherwise been consumed at school.
The Families First Coronavirus Act allows states to issue Food Assistance benefits to households with children in Pre-K through 12th grade. If your child(ren) received free and reduced benefits as of or prior to March 16, 2020, for this school year you are eligible. You do not need to apply for this program.
If you already receive SNAP: The P-EBT benefits will be put on your regular EBT card on Wednesday, July 15th. As always, you can check the EBT portal for the balance of your benefits.
If you do not receive SNAP: You will have a special P-EBT card mailed to you between Tuesday, July 14th, and Tuesday, July 21st with instructions on how to use the card. The address used is the address your school district has on file for each child.
This program is administered by the Iowa Department of Human Services. Additional information is posted on their Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program webpage. Please review the P-EBT FAQ Document as many questions can be answered using this resource.
P-EBT FAQ Document: https://dhs.iowa.gov/P-EBT
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