Starting on Tuesday, qualifying families in California will begin receiving a benefit of up to $365 per child as part of the state's Pandemic Emergency Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program. The new program aims to help families with children who qualified for free or reduced-meals, even though schools are shut down.
“With schools currently closed throughout California, many students have lost access to meals they normally receive on campus,” California Department of Social Services Director Kim Johnson said. “These additional food benefits will help families put food on the table during this time of great need.”
Children who already pick up ‘to-go‘ meals in their community are still eligible.
According to CDSS, benefits will be uploaded onto debit cards and mailed out to families this month. Below is the payment schedule for those eligible:
- March 2020: $68 per child
- April 2020: $120 per child
- May 2020: $120 per child
- June 2020: $57 per child
Applications will be available online (at ca.p-ebt.org), starting May 22. Families already receiving CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits will automatically receive the funds by mail.
The CalFresh program is California's version of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Beneficiaries can receive up to $194 per month to buy nutritious foods via CalFresh. To apply for CalFresh benefits, go to getcalfresh.org, or call 866-613-3777.
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