NEW SNAP Benefits Update! | P-EBT 3.0, EA Extended for CALIFORNIA?

Let’s get into this SNAP benefits update, where I wanted to talk about the P-EBT 3.0 program, with a focus on California since I’ve been getting a mountain of questions about this topic. Which is good. Please leave as many questions as possible. I love the participation. Now the Pandemic EBT (or P-EBT) program was introduced in 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic led to school closures in the United States, and the aim of this is to provide some grocery benefits for families. When the P-EBT program was first implemented it applied to families with school-age children, but in 2021 it was extended to also include families with young children.

As part of the P-EBT program, $6.82 is given to each eligible child for each school day that saw in-person learning affected by the pandemic. The maximum benefit per week is about $34 per child, and the program also ran in the summer of 2021, with an average of $375 per child over the course of the break. Not all children automatically qualify for the P-EBT program, as this is aimed at those kids who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Moreover, all students going to schools that offer free meals via the Community Eligibility Provision also qualify. However, the student must also be learning either virtually, or through a hybrid model as a result of the pandemic-enforced school closures.

CalFresh, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP nationwide, distributes monthly food benefits via the Golden State Advantage EBT card to eligible low-income individuals and families in California. Benefit cards are refilled monthly and funds can be used to purchase fresh food items at retail stores and farmers markets that accept EBT cards as payment. EBT cards can be used just like credit or debit cards. Simply swipe the EBT card in the card reader and enter your PIN. If you’re purchasing non-eligible items, you’ll be required to use an alternate form of payment for those items. CalFresh is federally mandated but state-supervised and county-operated, according to the California Department of Social Services.

The amount each household receives depends on household income and monthly expenses. California distributes SNAP benefits over the first 10 days of the month, and the day when your benefits are deposited onto your EBT depends on the last digit of your case number. For example, if your case number ends with one, your EBT card should have been loaded on May 1st with your benefit. If it ends with a two, then it will be loaded on May 2nd. And so forth. The only exception is if it ends with a 0, then your card will be loaded on the 10th. Benefits are also available on weekends and holidays. Now if you want to qualify for CalFresh by May, your benefits may be expedited on the same day or within three days following the date your application is received. One of the following must apply:

· Your household’s gross income is less than $150 per month and the money on hand or in the bank is less than $100.

· Your household includes a migrant or seasonal farm worker and you are in need.

· Or, your household’s combined monthly gross income and available resources are less than your monthly rent or mortgage and utilities.

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