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PANDEMIC ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER (P-EBT)
Delaware's P-EBT Program provides food assistance to families with children who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures or reduced in-person attendance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT was available because of the COVID-19 public health emergency and will end after the Summer 2023 benefits are issued.
Families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as well as families who do not receive SNAP may participate in the P-EBT Program if they have eligible children in their households.
Families can use their P-EBT benefits to buy eligible food items at stores and farmer's markets that accept SNAP EBT to help feed their children while schools are closed or have reduced in-person attendance.
Delaware's P-EBT Call Center: 1-866-843-7212
The Division of Social Services is issuing retroactive Summer P-EBT benefits for eligible school-age children for Summer 2023.
Summer P-EBT Eligibility Rules
The following children are eligible for the Summer P-EBT benefit:
Summer P-EBT Benefit Amount and Schedule
Households will receive the standard summer P-EBT benefit of $120.00 for each eligible child in their home. This is a one-time benefit issuance that covers all months in Summer 2023
|P-EBT benefit period||P-EBT benefit amount for each eligible child||Date Benefits will be Available on EBT Cards|
|Summer 2023||$120.00||October 20, 2023|
If the Division of Social Services receives P-EBT eligibility information about your child late, you will receive the Summer P-EBT benefit on November 3, 2023, or a later date.
The Summer P-EBT benefit will automatically be loaded to families SNAP EBT cards or P-EBT cards. Newly eligible Non-SNAP households will receive a P-EBT card in the mail.
Children enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade at a Delaware school are eligible for P-EBT if they meet the following two conditions:
Families are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits for each child in their household who qualifies for the P-EBT Program based on these conditions.
Each month, Delaware schools report to the Division of Social Services the students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and the number of COVID-related absent days or virtual school days for each student. The Division of Social Services uses this P-EBT eligibility information to issue benefits.
P-EBT Application for Homeschooled and Virtual Students - School Year 2022-2023
If your child was homeschooled or attended virtual school because of concerns about COVID in school year 2022-2023, you may be eligible for P-EBT.
You must complete and return Delaware's P-EBT Application for Homeschooled and Virtual Students by October 31, 2023.
Households will receive $8.18 for each school day that their child did not receive meals at school because the school was closed or the child had an excused absence or attended school virtually due to a COVID-related reason.
The P-EBT benefit amount equals the federal reimbursement rate for breakfast, lunch, and a snack of $8.18 per child per eligible school day. Households will receive P-EBT benefits for all eligible children in their home in monthly issuances. Household will NOT receive P-EBT for the days that their children attended school in-person and received meals at school or for absent days that are not due to COVID.P-EBT monthly benefit calculation:
$8.18 x Number of COVID-related absent days and/or virtual school days = Monthly P-EBT benefit amount
Children attending a fully virtual school program or homeschool:
An eligible child who is attending a fully virtual school program or homeschool will receive a standard P-EBT benefit amount of $147.24 each month that the child attends school virtually or homeschool for the full month. The benefit amount equals $8.18 x 18 school days per month. The monthly benefit amount for May 2023 will be $73.62 because the P-EBT program ended on May 11, 2023. The benefit amount equals $8.18 x 9 school days in May 2023.
Schools that are unable to track COVID-related absences:
Some Delaware schools are unable to track COVID-related absences in their attendance systems. If a child attends a school that is unable to track COVID-related absences, the child will receive P-EBT benefits for the excused absences of 5 or more consecutive school days. The households would need to contact the child's school to report COVID-related absences of 1-4 school days.
|P-EBT Benefit Months|
Date benefits will be available on EBT cards
|Fall 2022 Benefits
||August 18, 2023|
|Spring 2023 Benefits
||September 27, 2023|
The dates that benefits will be issued to individual households depend on when the Division of Social Services receives eligibility and attendance data from each school.
Some households may experience a delay in receiving benefits, and benefits may become available within 2 or more weeks from the monthly issuance date.
Delaware's P-EBT Program also provides P-EBT benefits to families receiving SNAP food benefits with children under the age of 6. Eligible SNAP households will receive P-EBT for the 2022-2023 school year.
A child under the age of 6 is eligible for this P-EBT benefit if two conditions are met:
|Fall P-EBT||P-EBT Benefit Amount||Date Benefit will be Available on your EBT Card|
|September 2022||$35.00||August 4, 2023|
|October 2022||$35.00||August 4, 2023|
|November 2022||$35.00||August 4, 2023|
|December 2022||$35.00||August 4, 2023|
|Spring P-EBT||P-EBT Benefit Amount||Date Benefit will be Available on your EBT card|
|January 2023||$31.00||September 8, 2023|
|February 2023||$31.00||September 8, 2023|
|March 2023||$31.00||September 8, 2023|
|April 2023||$31.00||September 8, 2023|
|May 2023||$15.50*||September 8, 2023|
*May 2023 is a partial benefit month because the federal COVID-19 public health emergency expired on May 11, 2023.
SNAP households will receive the P-EBT benefit for each child under the age of 6 in their household. For each eligible child under age 6, the SNAP household will receive a standard benefit amount for each month that the household received SNAP food benefits.
P-EBT benefits will automatically be loaded onto SNAP EBT cards and P-EBT cards. The P-EBT benefits for all eligible children in a household will be loaded to EBT and P-EBT card in monthly installments (see the Monthly P-EBT Benefit Schedule).
SNAP EBT and P-EBT cards operate like a debit card. You can purchase SNAP eligible foods at stores and farmer's markets authorized to accept SNAP EBT. Select EBT, swipe your card, and then enter your private PIN.
FAMILIES WHO DO NOT WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE P-EBT PROGRAM SHOULD IMMEDIATELY DESTROY THEIR P-EBT CARD THAT WAS MAILED TO THEM BY CUTTING UP THE CARD AND SECURELY DISPOSING OF IT.
P-EBT benefits are non-transferable and will expire in 274 days if you do not use your card and benefits. It is illegal to buy, sell, or trade an EBT card or benefits.
Go to www.ConnectEBT.com or call 1-800-526-9099 for questions about EBT card balances, PINS, or replacement cards.
Click here for a list of foods you can buy with P-EBT benefits.
Click here to find a store near you that accepts SNAP EBT and P-EBT cards.
Click here for the latest Division of Social Services COVID-19 program updates.
DELAWARE'S P-EBT PROGRAM
Please contact the Division of Social Services at 1-866-843-7212 if you have questions about Delaware's P-EBT Program.
DELAWARE'S SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAM
Please contact the Nutrition Department for your child's school district, charter school, or private school for information on how to apply for free or reduced-price school meals. You may be able to apply online by going to your school district's website. Families will need to meet certain eligibility criteria to participate in the School Nutrition Program.
Click here and select School Nutrition Sponsor Contacts to find out if your school participates in the School Nutrition Program and offers free or reduced-price meals.
General questions related to eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals may be emailed to email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: If your child attends a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school where all students receive free meals, you no NOT need to apply for free or reduced-price school meals. All students at CEP schools are automatically eligible for P-EBT benefits. Click here for a list of Delaware's CEP schools.
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