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P-EBT UPDATE

Congress has authorized Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to continue for the 2020 – 2021 school year, but has made some changes to the criteria to get these benefits.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is waiting for further instructions from the federal government before we can give out more benefits beyond what was given out for September 2020.

Once given, benefits will be issued retroactively to October 1st.

For more information on P-EBT as well as frequently asked questions regarding what we gave out in September 2020, look below. DHS will continue to give updates on our social media sites as well as here on our DHS website.

SNAP-Ed Resources

Our partners at URI SNAP-Ed also have a wealth of resources for our SNAP recipients and families. Here is its EBT Online Shopping Resources Guide in English and in Spanish and its Food and Fun for Everyone fall edition newsletter for families in English and Spanish. To learn more, go to SNAP Education.

Pandemic Benefits (P-EBT) for September 2020

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently granted Rhode Island approval to again issue Pandemic-EBT benefits (P-EBT) to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and non-SNAP households with one or more school-age children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price meals at school due to COVID-19. Unlike this past Spring when every eligible child received the same amount each month because schools were closed for everyone, the September distribution will be unique to each individual child.

The P-EBT benefit will be $5.86 per day through September 30th and will be issued for the two weeks the public schools' reopening was delayed and for each day a child is learning virtually for at least five days in a row because the child's school reopened with only virtual learning, the household chose virtual learning, quarantine or the hybrid model of the child's school.

The first issuance is occurring on or about Thursday, September 24th and it will cover the two week (nine day) period in which school was delayed. Approximately 73,000 children will receive this first $52.74.

There will be a second issuance to cover all other scenarios in which a child is learning virtually for at least five days in a row through September 30th. That will be distributed by September 30th, and the amounts will vary based on what the school/district reported to the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).

Without Congressional action, P-EBT will not be available in October.

More information can be found on these one pagers in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

For more information about P-EBT, see our SNAP P-EBT September 2020 Frequently Asked Questions document.