We are over three months into what is very uncertain times. Schools closed quickly and as students are ending the school year at home instead of in the school building it may feel like there is still much uncertainty ahead. The American Heart Association has long believed that part of a heart healthy lifestyle is access to healthy food and for many of people just putting enough food of any kind on the table might be a challenge right now. That is why we wanted to share with you, information about the Pandemic EBT Emergency School Lunch Program or P-EBT. This program was established in response to Covid-19 and is designed to help families whose children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals to get extra food during these difficult times.
Families that already receive Basic Food and whose children were already signed up to receive free or reduced-priced meals will automatically get this one-time benefit added to their existing EBT card. If you do not receive Basic Food but qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, you can apply for P-EBT starting June 28. You can learn more here. The deadline to apply for P-EBT is August 31, 2020 or before the start of the 2020-21 school year (whichever is later). To check your eligibility and apply for assistance go to the state website and apply today.