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If additional assistance is needed, call the United Way of Rhode Island’s 2-1-1 team by dialing 2-1-1. Households can also check on their balance by calling 1-888-979-9939.

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Pandemic Benefits (P-EBT) Update for 2020-2021 School Year

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 receive free and reduced-price meals at school through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), but were unable to receive those meals at school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are entitled to this benefit if the school is closed or has been operating with reduced attendance or hours for at least 5 consecutive days in the current school year.

As of January 11th, only two other States received P-EBT approval -- Massachusetts and Indiana! We were the first in the country to issue P-EBT in the spring of 2020 and one of only 20 states to issue P-EBT benefits for August and September of 2020.

The P-EBT benefit for the 2020 – 2021 school year is $64.46 per month for all students in a hybrid learning schedule (such as some days virtual and some in-person). If a student is learning virtually every day of the week, they will receive $5.86 per day for each day that school is in session each month based on RI’s school calendar.

Therefore, it is possible a household could receive different amounts if there are multiple eligible school-age children based on the learning experience for that child.

P-EBT will be issued retroactively for the months of October, November and December of 2020 by the end of January 2021. It may come as three separate payments, such as one for October, one for November and one December. Starting in February 2021, benefits will be issued during the second week of each month for the previous month. For example, benefits for January 2021 will be issued by on or before February 13, 2021.

More information can be found on this one pager in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

For more information about P-EBT, see our SNAP P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions document . This document may be updated periodically to reflect additional questions families have asked.

If additional assistance is needed, call the United Way of Rhode Island’s 2-1-1 team by dialing 2-1-1. Households can also check on their balance by calling 1-888-979-9939.

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, Spanish and Portuguese and its Food and Fun for Everyone winter edition newsletter for families in English and Spanish. To learn more, go to SNAP Education.