State gives parents grocery money for children affected by pandemic

Deadline to apply online for Pandemic EBT card with $365 per child in food assistance is June 30

TULARE COUNTY – This is the last week for parents of children eligible for free and reduced priced meals to apply for additional food assistance during the pandemic.

Known as Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, families can receive up to $365 per child to spend on groceries. The benefit is extended to children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and their school is closed due to COVID-19. Last month, the state began distributing P-EBT cards, which can be used like a debit card, to families with children who receive CalFresh or Medi-Cal benefits. P-EBT benefits can buy food in most grocery stores and farmers’ markets, or to purchase groceries online at Amazon and WalMart. Families with children who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and who did not receive their P-EBT card in the mail by May 22, are encouraged to apply online at before June 30, 2020.

This benefit is in addition to meals families may already be picking up from their children’s schools. Families with children who applied and got CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits after their school closed, may get less than $365 for each child. This depends on when you applied for CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care. Children participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program are not eligible for P-EBT.

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