Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (or P-EBT) provides temporary emergency food assistance to eligible schoolchildren. Since out last update, the USDA has since approved an extension of the state P-EBT plan for summer 2022 in a few more states. Children who would have received free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Act (or who received P-EBT benefits during the school year) may be eligible to receive these benefits over the summer. The program delivers money for food to eligible children in the form of an EBT card, similar to the card those who receive SNAP benefits use. For 2022, a total of 22 states have so far been approved to operate a Pandemic EBT program this summer. And those states currently include the following:
Now something interesting I wanted to share with you guys regarding the state of Louisiana, for most Louisiana households, residents must meet gross and net income tests, in order to be eligible for benefits. However, households with those aged 60 and over or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only need to meet the net income test. And the amount each household receives each month depends on household size and countable income. The Louisiana Combined Application Project, or LaCAP, is a simplified version of SNAP available to residents who are at least 60 years of age and receive Supplemental Security Income. LaCAP recipients are issued one of three standard monthly allotment amounts — $30, $82 or $170 — via Louisiana Purchase Cards. Food assistance is only available through LaCAP or SNAP. So if you receive benefits through LaCAP, you can switch to SNAP at any time. Louisiana’s SNAP benefits are distributed between the 5th and the 23rd of each month. However, elderly or disabled recipients will receive their benefits on the 1st through 4th of each month, while all other recipients will receive their SNAP benefits depending on the last two digits of their Social Security number. And benefits are accessible by 5:00 a.m. the morning after they are posted.