P-EBT benefits Oklahoma SNAP, non-SNAP households due to pandemic

BY STAFF REPORTS
07/15/2020 10:30 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY – On July 8, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma State Department of Education launched a program called Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer for families with school-aged children who would have received free or reduced-priced meals at school during the spring when all schools were mandated to close due to COVID-19.

The P-EBT program is funded by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

“We appreciate this partnership to reach children and families who are economically impacted most because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said. “Children must have their basic needs met to be ready to learn, and many Oklahoma families rely on free or reduced-priced school meals when schools are open. We’re grateful that OKDHS is a strong ally in making sure our children have every opportunity for high-quality nutrition during this unprecedented time.”

P-EBT is for households that are participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and non-SNAP households that met income guidelines for their school-aged children to have received free or reduced school meals.

According to the release, OKDHS and OSDE are working to help families receive the benefits without the need to apply. Those with a current EBT card will receive the benefits on it while non-SNAP families will receive a card in the mail.

“P-EBT benefits will be issued for the 44-day period that schools were closed at the end of the 2019-2020 school year from March 17 through May 15, 2020. OKDHS estimates that it will issue $35.9 million to 80,158 SNAP households and $75.1 million to 231,863 non-SNAP households,” the release states.

For more information visit okdhs.org.

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