We are excited to share that the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has reversed course and submitted a plan for federal approval to receive Pandemic Electronic Transfer (P-EBT) benefits for the 2022-23 school year. Thank you to those of you who called or sent a message asking DPHHS and Governor Gianforte to not let the program lapse.
No child should worry about access to food when school isn’t in session. An estimated 97,500 kids in Montana are eligible for P-EBT and would have been negatively impacted if the program was discontinued.
In March 2020 the federal government established the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program to serve as a lifeline to families who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures or other COVID-related reasons.
P-EBT works in the following ways:
- Families receive grocery money on a new or existing EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card to help fill the school meals and childcare meals gap.
- P-EBT can be spent at more than 750 grocery retailers across Montana, including many farmers markets.
- P-EBT also provides for summer benefits allowing children access to food when school is not in session.
Thank you for your support on this important issue.
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