Pandemic EBT card provides funds to keep children fed
During the COVID-19 state of emergency, many Kentucky children lost their free and reduced-price school meals. They now can receive funds to spend on food at home through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, which provides a benefits card for eligible families. P-EBT is a new program in Kentucky authorized by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. It is in line with USDA’s commitment to keep citizens safe, secure, and healthy. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Department of Education are coordinating P-EBT in the Commonwealth.
FCPS students who received free or reduced-price lunch at school, including all students at Community Eligible Provision schools, are approved for P-EBT. Enrollment is automatic for students currently receiving SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), and they will get these additional funds on the household’s EBT card. Students who are receiving Medicaid or KTAP benefits based on income levels below NSLP income guidelines, or who are in foster care, will automatically receive a P-EBT card in the mail with instructions. The total benefit is $313.50 (less if the student’s eligibility began after March 1, 2020).
Students who do not qualify based on automatic participation or who are unsure and are eligible to receive a free or reduced-price lunch should complete the simple P-EBT application. Student name, address, date of birth, and Statewide Student Identification (SSID) are required. The application deadline is extended through Aug. 31. Once approved, the household will receive a P-EBT card in the mail.
Fayette County Public Schools emailed households with SSID numbers of students to electively participate. If needed, families may call the district’s tech support line to obtain a child’s SSID number: (859) 381-4410. Note: FCPS staff cannot provide any other details pertaining to P-EBT. Please email the P-EBT help line for questions or tech support.