Check your mail: some families receiving up to $420 per child to cover lunches for remote learners

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Some Western New York families may soon receive a benefit they may not be expecting, nor even know they're eligible for.

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a food benefit program from SNAP, created to help children who normally receive a free or reduced-price lunch at school who ended last academic year learning remotely. Families who already receive SNAP benefits have had the additional P-EBT funds automatically issued on their EBT cards. However, families who do not receive SNAP benefits and have children who receive free or reduced-price lunches at school have not yet received those funds. The state is mailing information on how to access those benefits this month.

How do I find out if my family is eligible?
Families of children receiving free or reduced-price lunches under the National School Lunch Act are eligible. If you're unsure whether your child or children received free or reduced-price lunch, you can check with their school. Find out about eligible school districts here.

How much will my family receive?
P-EBT benefits max out at the following amounts for 2020:

  • March $68.00
  • April $125.00
  • May $119.00
  • June $108.00

In total, that amounts to $420 per child. Families with multiple school-age children will receive benefits for eligible children ages 5 through 18.

Families can check their SNAP or P-EBT balance by calling 1-888-328-6399.

Find out more about the P-EBT program here.