North Carolina Pandemic EBT Student Program Extended to 2021-22 School Year


North Carolina’s Student Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Assistance Program Received Federal Approval To Be Extended Until The End Of The 2021 School Year -2022.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Dec. 15 that it had received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for eligible K-12 students, under news rules.

“A nutritious diet is an essential part of a student’s health, well-being and academic success,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, MD “The P-EBT program helps students and their families who are directly affected by COVID-19 by providing resources to purchase food so they can focus on learning.

HEALTH OFFICERS EXTEND THE P-EBT PROGRAM TO 230,000 ADDITIONAL CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS OF AGE

The state is still awaiting federal approval for P-EBT (formerly known as “children under 6”) child care, so benefits for this group will not be granted until USDA approval.

As NC was one of the first states to launch the federally funded P-EBT program at the start of the pandemic, 1.3 million children at risk of hunger received $ 1.7 billion in groceries. during the pandemic.

Under the new federal rules for the P-EBT program, students will receive benefits only for qualifying days, with most students now in school and again receiving their meals in person. For this reason, most households will not receive the P-EBT this year or will only receive a small amount when the student experiences an absence related to COVID-19.

WHO BENEFITS FROM P-EBT BENEFITS AND HOW ARE FAMILIES ACCESSING THEM?

There is no application for P-EBT – students are eligible for the program if they are approved for free or discounted meals through the National School Meals Program and their attendance records indicate that they are absent from school for reasons related to COVID-19.

You will find more information on eligibility and benefits on the website P-EBT website. For more information on COVID-19 related absences, visit NCDHHS P-EBT FAQ here.

North Carolina plans to start providing benefits to eligible students by the end of January 2022 and will announce the start of broadcasts.

Households can check HERE if their child’s school is participating in the NSLP. Households with one or more students who attend an NSLP school and who are not approved for free or discounted meals for that school year can contact their child’s school to request to be approved for free or reduced meals. reduced price.

Virtual schools are not eligible to participate in the NSLP, therefore students attending these schools are not eligible to receive the P-EBT. This is a federal rule set by the USDA and North Carolina cannot change the rule.

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