Spreading the word about P-EBT

P-EBT

As the state prepares its plan to distribute the next round of Pandemic EBT, Hunger Free New Jersey (HFNJ), in partnership with other advocacy and child-serving organizations across the state, has launched a statewide communications campaign to increase awareness of Pandemic EBT and the steps parents need to take to qualify. Please use the messages and materials on this page to spread the word in your school and community. 

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Hello, this is a message from XX School District. You may be eligible to receive Pandemic EBT to help buy food when students are learning remotely due to COVID. Funds will be provided on a card you can use at grocery stores and other food stores. Only students approved to receive free or reduced-price school meals may qualify for P-EBT. These benefits will be available in the months ahead. In the meantime, it is important that you complete a school meals application, if you have not already done so. If your family is already approved for free or reduced-price school meals, contact (insert contact info) to make sure your child’s address & birthdate are correct in our records.

Pandemic EBT helps families buy groceries when students are learning remotely because of COVID. Make sure your kids get this help. Only students approved to receive free or low-cost school meals may qualify for P-EBT. Fill out a school meals application today. If your child is already approved, contact your school to make sure your child’s address and birthdate are correct.

Does your child receive free school meals? If so, special food aid called P-EBT can help you buy groceries when students are learning remotely due to COVID. Don’t miss out. Contact your school district to make sure your address & child’s birthdate is correct. Learn more at njsnap.gov. (Note: Districts can insert a link to school nutrition webpage).

Hey parents! Special food aid called Pandemic EBT can help your family buy groceries. Only students approved to receive free school meals may qualify. Contact your school for a school meals application. More info at njsnap.gov. (Note: Districts should insert a link to school meals application).

NJ kids approved to receive free school meals may qualify for money to help families buy groceries when students are learning remotely due to COVID. Avoid delays! Contact your school to make sure your address & child’s birthdate are correct. Learn more at njsnap.gov. (Note: Districts should insert a link to school nutrition webpage).

Does your child receive free school meals? Special aid called P-EBT can help you buy groceries when students are learning remotely due to COVID. Don’t miss out! Contact your school to make sure your address & child’s birthdate are correct. Learn more at njsnap.gov. (Note: Districts should insert a link to school nutrition webpage).

Hey parents! Special food aid called P-EBT can help your family buy groceries. Only students approved to receive free school meals may qualify. Contact your school for a school meals application. More info at njsnap.gov. (Note: Districts should insert a link to school meals application).

Dear Parent,

Pandemic EBT helps families buy groceries when students are learning remotely because of COVID. These funds will be available through September 2021 to some students. The state is working on a plan to distribute the funds in the coming months.

Only students approved to receive free/low-cost school meals through the National School Lunch Program may qualify for P-EBT.

To qualify for funds when they become available, parents and other caregivers must:

  • Fill out a school meals application, if not already approved or attending a school that provides free meals to all students (CEP). Families that have lost a job or have less income should apply again in case they are now eligible. Contact your school for an application.
  • If your child is already approved to receive free/low-cost meals, check with your school district to make sure your child’s address and birthdate are correct.

Remember, you can still receive free school meals if your district is distributing food during the pandemic.

 

Re: Get ready for new food assistance!

Dear Parent,

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) helps families buy groceries when students are learning remotely because of COVID.

Students approved to receive free or reduced-price school meals may qualify for P-EBT. We encourage parents to complete a school meals application at (insert link), if you have not already done so. If your child is already approved, please, contact (insert contact info) to make sure your child’s address and birthdate are correct.

You may be eligible for this assistance even if your school is providing meals during remote learning. Accepting this aid will not hurt a family’s immigration status. The funds will be issued in the coming months and will be provided on a card you can use to buy food at grocery stores and other retail stores. Visit njsnap.gov for the most current information.

Hey Parents! Get ready for new food aid for your kids!

 As so many of our community’s children struggle to make ends meet during this pandemic, new food assistance will be provided in the coming months.

Pandemic EBT — P-EBT for short — provides funds to help families with school-age children buy groceries when students are learning remotely because of COVID. These funds will be available through Sept. 2021 for some students learning from home. Get prepared now!

Only students approved to receive free/low-cost school meals through the National School Lunch Program may qualify for P-EBT.

To make sure children receive this important assistance, parents and other caregivers should:

  • Fill out a school meals application, if they have not already. Families that have lost a job or have less income should also apply again in case they are now eligible.
  • If your child is already approved to receive free or low-cost school meals, check with your school district to make sure child’s address and birthdate are correct. Some parents missed out on the first round because of wrong addresses or other incorrect information. This will help get your benefits without any problems.

No other application or action is necessary. Also, it is important to note that accepting this help will NOT hurt a family’s immigration status. Families can also qualify even if they are receiving free meals from their school district during the pandemic.

The P-EBT card works like a debit card to buy groceries anywhere SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps) are accepted. This assistance can help fill the food gap when during the pandemic.

This is much needed assistance for families who are struggling due to the ongoing COVID health emergency. For more information, visit njsnap.gov.

Dear School Leader:

As you may know, Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) helps families in your district buy groceries for their children when learning remotely. Good nutrition is key to keeping your students healthy and ready to learn.

The state is preparing to issue another round of P-EBT in the coming months. When the first round of P-EBT was issued last year, some families had trouble using the benefit because the information provided by their school districts was erroneous (i.e. outdated addresses, wrong child’s birthdate).

We are asking your help in addressing this problem prior to the issuance of new benefits. The New Jersey Department of Human Services is currently developing a plan for issuing benefits from October 2020 through September 2021.

A coalition of non-profit organizations have developed easy-to-use communications tools that you can use to:

  • Increase parent awareness of this special food benefit.
  • Ensure newly eligible parents have access to school meals applications. Only students qualified to receive free or reduced-price school meals may qualify for P-EBT. (In CEP districts, students are automatically eligible if they meet other criteria).
  • Encourage parents whose children are already approved to receive free or reduced-price school meals to ensure their address and children’s birthdates are correct.

You can find these materials at hungerfreenj.org/pebt.

In addition, we are encouraging school leaders to identify staff who are aware of P-EBT and can direct parents to school meal applications and how to verify that their information is correct in your system.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services administers the program, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Education and Agriculture. You will be hearing more about P-EBT from these state agencies as the implementation plan is developed. In the meantime, we hope you will send a strong message to parents in your community to help reduce childhood hunger. For more information about P-EBT, visit njsnap.gov.

Sincerely,

Re: Help maximize new food aid for your students!

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) helps families buy groceries when students are learning remotely because of COVID. When the first round of P-EBT was issued last year, some families had trouble using the benefit because the information provided by their school districts was erroneous (i.e. outdated addresses, wrong child’s birthdate, etc).

Please help address this problem, as the state develops a plan to issue these benefits to families. A coalition of non-profit organizations have developed easy-to-use communications tools to:

  • Increase parent awareness of this special food benefit.
  • Ensure newly eligible parents have access to school meals applications. Only students qualified to receive free or reduced-price school meals may qualify for P-EBT. (In CEP districts, students are automatically eligible if they meet other criteria).
  • Encourage parents whose children are already approved to receive free school meals to ensure their children’s address and birthdates are correct.

 Find these communication materials at hungerfreenj.org/pebt. Visit njsnap.gov for more information about P-EBT.

Please join us and Hunger Free New Jersey in spreading the word about Pandemic EBT, as the state readies a plan to distribute the next round to parents of school-age children. This statewide communication campaign is aimed at heading off some of the difficulties parents encountered during the first round. Hunger Free New Jersey has developed a very simple way to share web graphics and disseminate other messages and flyers.

View the campaign plan.

View communications materials.

Please help us inform parents about this critical food assistance that is available to school-age children during the pandemic. As families struggle to make ends meet, we need to do everything we can to ensure all families get the help they need. If you have questions or comments about the P-EBT Communications Campaign, please contact Nancy Parello at nparello@cfanj.org.

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