Background: In addition to keeping people away from work, shelter-in-place orders across the country have kept children away from school for nearly two months. This has been particularly devastating for the millions of children who receive free and reduced-price meals every day through the National School Lunch Program.
In response, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act authorized the implementation of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), a federal initiative to provide students age 3-18 that currently receive free and reduced-price meals with a replacement food benefit to pay for groceries while schools are physically closed.
This new, temporary program provides a lump sum food benefit to families to replace benefits they would otherwise have received during the school year.
P-EBT update for July 2020: