North Carolina has been one of the first four states to be approved for P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer). On Monday, April 20TH, Governor Roy Cooper announced the distribution of P-EBT. Outlined below are the component:
- P-EBT will help families purchase food for children impacted by school closings due to COVID-19.
- The program provides the benefit on an EBT card to North Carolina families whose children are eligible for free and reduced lunch at school.
- NCDHHS will begin distributing benefits in the coming weeks.
- Families will receive $250 in P-EBT benefits per child, provided in two installments, with the possibility of an additional benefit if North Carolina schools are closed beyond May 15.
- Families will not need to apply for the P-EBT program. P-EBT eligible families already receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits will receive an additional benefit on their existing EBT card.
- P-EBT eligible families not already enrolled in FNS will be mailed a new EBT card in the next few weeks. Families who receive a new EBT card will receive a letter from DHHS in the mail explaining how to activate and use their card.
The table below can be used as a reference for the above information.
|Children enrolled in public school who receive free/reduced lunch||Children not enrolled in public school|
|Family currently receives SNAP||Benefits will be automatically deposited onto their EBT card||Children who are not school age ineligible for the P-EBT supplement|
|Family currently does not receive SNAP||An EBT card will be sent by mail along with an explanation of P-EBT.||Children who are not school age are ineligible for P-EBT, however the family may apply for SNAP benefits to determine overall eligibility for the program|