Starting with the latest reports on states approved for Summer Pandemic EBT, the Arkansas Department of Human Services and Arkansas Department of Education announced today that the state has received federal approval to provide food benefits for the summer months to eligible children. Children qualify for this temporary nutrition benefit, known as Summer Pandemic EBT, if they receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year, or if they are under age six and live in a household receiving SNAP benefits. The benefits are loaded onto a debit-type card that can be used to purchase food. Families of eligible children typically receive $391 per child for the summer. Students who are not approved eligible for free or reduced meal benefits may submit a 2021-22 meal application to their school district by July 29th, 2022, and if approved for free and reduced meals, the student will only be eligible for the Summer P-EBT benefit.
Everyone who qualifies for P-EBT will receive a new card issued to the family by mail in the student’s name. The cards will be mailed in a plain white envelope addressed to the student. For school-age children, the card will come to the address submitted to ADE’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education by the local school district. For younger children who live in a household receiving SNAP benefits, it will go to the address DHS has on file. Families should keep the new P-EBT card until all benefits have been issued. Regarding the state of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services have also begun issuing Pandemic-EBT benefits for Summer 2022. Between July 20th and 30th, the families of approximately 948,000 children in the state will each receive a one-time payment of $391 to purchase healthy meals during summer break. With these benefits, the state has now issued more than $2.16 billion in total P-EBT benefits to North Carolina families since the COVID-19 response began in 2020, helping families buy food for the 1.48 million North Carolina children.
Moving onto the state of Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, and Louisiana Department of Education, has also received federal approval to expand the pandemic EBT program. Each eligible child will receive a payment of $391 for June and July. The payment will be issued in two installments, one for $195 and a second for $196. School districts submit eligibility information to DCFS. Included in that information is verification of eligible students who attended school in May 2022. For this reason, most students will not receive benefits right away. All students in K-12 schools that receive free or reduced lunch and received P-EBT benefits for May 2022, will receive summer benefits immediately. Alright now that we’ve covered summer P-EBT, let’s take a look at the 6 new states that were added to our August list for additional $95 SNAP emergency allotments. The list is as follows.
In Alabama, for example, if we open up their waiver document, it states that new benefits will be issued on August 31st through an overnight process in which residents will receive their benefits on the following day on September 1st.