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Distribution delayed for Pandemic EBT cards

Some qualified students might not receive their Pandemic EBT cards until late December, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services. The Department for Community-Based Services, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, has issued two rounds of P-EBT cards to students enrolled in distance learning. The first batch reached 541,000 of 651,000 students believed to be eligible for benefits; the rest were delayed. Note: Families who do not need the assistance are encouraged to destroy the card or donate an equivalent amount to their local food pantry. 

For questions, call the P-EBT information hub at (855) 306-8959. Please do not call Fayette County Public Schools as local districts cannot assist with P-EBT details. 

The P-EBT program provides parents/guardians with benefits equal to the value of breakfasts and lunches their student was not able to receive because of the COVID-19 state of emergency and school closures. Families can use the funds for SNAP-eligible groceries like meat, fresh produce, and dairy items. This federally funded program is for students who qualified for free-and-reduced school meals in August and September, attend a CEP school, or are in the FCPS Virtual Learning Academy. No application was necessary. A card was mailed to each child at the primary address on the student’s school enrollment.

(Updated Nov. 24, 2020; revised Nov. 16, 2020; posted Oct. 21, 2020)