COVID-19 has complicated the finances of many families across Kentucky. Pandemic EBT, administered by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, helps families whose children receive free or reduced lunch cover the extra cost of groceries for the days when school went virtual this semester (August-September 2020). Pandemic EBT is for families who receive free and reduced lunch and whose:
- students started school virtually;
- students whose school went virtual at some point; and
- students whole school is using a hybrid model where they attend virtually for five consecutive days.
Learn more about Pandemic EBT here.
There is no application for August-September P-EBT! Eligible families will be mailed one EBT card/per student starting in October, and families should expect to receive their cards by the end of November 2020. P-EBT cards from the past round of benefits will not be reloaded, and families should discard of it once benefits are used. The card will be sent to the address that is on your student’s school file – please contact your local school district directly if this address needs to be changed. The amount each student receives will vary depending on how many days a student was virtual vs in person, but it will equal $5.86/per student per day of eligible missed school days.
The Pandemic EBT card is white with black writing. It may appear in a non discreet envelope, so be sure to check your mail before throwing it away. You will use your student’s date of birth and the last four digits of their social security number to activate the card. If your child does not have a social security number, you will use the date of birth and zip code to activate the card.
The P-EBT card works like a debit card which can be used to purchase food anywhere EBT benefits are accepted. This includes both walmart.com and amazon.com. P-EBT benefits can be used to buy the any food for the household, including but not limited to:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Meat, poultry, fish
- Dairy products
- Snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages
- Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to use
Using P-EBT benefits does not impact you or your child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits.
Contact the Cabinet’s P-EBT Information hub at 855-306-8959 if you have any additional questions. Please do not call your local DCBS office or school, as they will not be able to assist you.