P-EBT has helped thousands of New Jersey families afford food during the pandemic. Yet this critical benefit will expire Sept. 30.
Hunger Free New Jersey, along with its national partners, is urging Congress to extend this benefit through the end of 2020, while making other changes that would benefit children in need.
Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) is a federal program to help families buy food for children who are not receiving free or reduced-price school meals because schools are closed due to the pandemic. This assistance comes through the New Jersey Department of Human Services.
The benefit is available to children who were in kindergarten through 12th grade in spring 2020 and who were eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals as of June 19. (The child’s school must participate in the National School Lunch Program for the child to be eligible. Preschool children are not eligible).
The P-EBT card works like a debit card to purchase food items anywhere EBT benefits (also known as food stamps) are accepted.