Masschusetts Begins Roll Out of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

Massachusetts has recently begun the roll-out of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (or P-EBT) which will provide benefits to families with children who would receive free or reduced-price school meals, if not for school closures associated with COVID-19.
 
All Massachusetts students (preK-12) who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals
or attend a school that offers universally free breakfast and lunch will receive P-EBT. 
 
If families are already receiving SNAP and/or TAFDC (TANF) benefits, they will receive the additional
P-EBT benefit for each school-age child on their EBT card. If they do not receive SNAP or TAFDC,
but their children receive free for reduced-price school meals, they will receive a P-EBT card – like a
debit card – for each student in the mail that can be used at grocery stores to buy
food. There is no application to complete.
 
Families using their P-EBT card can still take advantage of all food resources in their community
including picking up/receiving meals from schools for community organizations like the YMCA, going to
food pantries, and applying for federal nutrition programs such as SNAP. For more information about
each of these resources, please go to www.projectbread.org/covid19
 
Families who have recently lost jobs or income are encouraged to apply for SNAP through DTA
Connect or Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline (800-645-8333). If they are approved for SNAP, they
will also receive P-EBT benefits for their school age children.  
 
P-EBT will help many families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, who may currently be struggling and who may not otherwise be able to receive assistance. Please click on the attachment below to learn more information on the roll-out of the program and how it works..  
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