Delaware’s P-EBT Program expands to include children under age 6

DELAWARE – Delaware families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will get additional food assistance through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program for children younger than 6 who live in SNAP households.

The federal P-EBT Program was established in March 2020 to provide food dollars to families in need to make up for meals missed on days when schools were closed or under reduced operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal legislation was signed in December 2020 to expand P-EBT benefits to eligible SNAP households with children younger than 6.

The first round of benefits covering the 2020-2021 school year will be issued on May 6th. A child younger than 6 is eligible for P-EBT benefits if the child is a member of a household that received SNAP food benefits at any time since October 1, 2020, and the child lives in an area where one or more schools are closed or are operating with reduced attendance or hours because of the pandemic.

For each child under the age of 6, the household will receive $6.82 per day multiplied by the average number of remote school days per month reported for the public schools in the county where the household lives. This P-EBT amount equals the federal reimbursement rate for breakfast, lunch, and a snack per child per school day. P-EBT benefit amounts may change each month as the average number of remote school days per month can change.

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