Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Updates:

The following information is provided via the P-EBT Newsletter.  For more information, please visit the Office of Child Nutrition.

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How was eligibility determined?

While students in all MS public schools received meals for no charge during the 2020-2021 school year due to USDA waivers, eligibility for P-EBT is limited to those students who would have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals under normal school meals operations as part of the National School Lunch Program.
There are three ways that children were approved:

Children who receive SNAP benefits are automatically approved for free or reduced-price lunches.


In some schools, every child is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch every year under the National School Lunch Program. These are called CEP schools. Here is a list of those schools for the 2020-21 school year: CEP School List for 2020-21

Families were able to submit an application form for free or reduced-price lunch for the school year 2020 – 2021. Families who submitted an application received a letter stating whether their application was approved or not.

Completing an application for free or reduced-price lunch for the current 2021-22 school year does NOT make a child eligible for Summer 2021 or School Year 2020-21 benefits.

MDE and school districts provided MDHS with the list of eligible students based on federal guidelines. To see the federal guidelines click here.

I got Summer P-EBT, why didn’t I get school year benefits?

Your child’s eligibility for P-EBT benefits will be determined for each month of the 2020-21 school year (August 2020-May 2021).

Your child must meet ALL 3 of the following requirements to be eligible for P-EBT benefits for that month of the school year:

1. Your child was enrolled in a school that had reduced attendance for at least 5 consecutive days during the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

· Reduced attendance includes: reduced hours, reduced student attendance, a delayed start to the 2020-21 school year, or was closed.

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2. Your child was enrolled in a school where the majority of students (51%+) participated in virtual learning (learning from home) or hybrid learning (partially at home, partially at school) during the month.

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3. Your child was eligible for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program in their school during the 2020-21 school year.

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How were school year benefits calculated?

P-EBT for School Year 2020-21

MDHS will issue 2020-21 school year P-EBT benefits through one payment. All the benefits your child is entitled to from the 2020-21 school year will be included in this payment. List of qualified schools.

 

Benefits will be calculated for each month of the 2020-21 school year based on the mode of learning used by the majority of students in your child’s school during that month.

a. If your child was enrolled in a school where a majority of the student body was attending based on a fully virtual learning schedule during that month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your child will receive $122.76 for that month.

b. If your child was enrolled in a school where a majority of the student body was attending based on a hybrid learning schedule (some in-person, some virtual) during that month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will receive $61.38 for that month.

c. If your child was enrolled in a school with a majority in-person learning schedule during that month, your child will NOT receive any benefits for that month.

For example:

If an eligible child attended a school where:

· the majority of students were on a fully-virtual schedule during August 2020 and September 2020 (2 months),

· the majority of students attended based on a hybrid-schedule during October 2020 (1 month),

· And the school returned to majority in-person attendance in November 2020 through the end of the school year

the child would receive one payment of 2020-21 school year benefits of $306.90 which includes $122.76 for August, $122.76 for September, and $61.38 for October.

What if my child was eligible and didn't receive a card?

Parents can now request an eligibility review through the hotline:

1-833-316-2423

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