Additional P-EBT benefits to be issued for Delaware households in need
NEW CASTLE, Del. – Delaware households with children affected by school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic will receive additional temporary food assistance benefits under the Pandemic Electronic Transfer (P-EBT) program.
We’re told eligible households will receive P-EBT benefits for each school day that their child did not receive meals at school during the current school year. These benefits will be issued starting today, March 29th, and will be available on recipients’ EBT cards the day after they are issued.
The dates that benefits will be issued to individual households depend on when the Division of Social Services receives eligibility and attendance data from each school. Some households may experience a delay in receiving benefits, and benefits may become available one to two weeks from the first issuance date.
A child is eligible for P-EBT benefits for the 2020-21 school year if they are certified to receive free or reduced-price meals or attends a Community Eligibility Provision school where all students receive free meals through the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, and the child does not receive free or reduced-price meals at school because the school has been closed or has been operating with reduced attendance or hours for at least five consecutive days in the current school year.
Households will receive $6.82 for each school day that their child did not receive meals at school because the school was closed or the child was participating in remote learning. The P-EBT benefit amount equals the federal reimbursement rate for breakfast, lunch, and a snack of $6.82 per child per eligible school day. Households will receive benefits for all eligible children in their home in their monthly issuances. They will not receive benefits for the days that their children attended school in-person and received meals at school.
For more information and a schedule of when benefits will be issued, click here.