P-EBT Food Money Now Available for Select Alabama Students: Who is Eligible?

Families with children who receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Meals Program are due to receive Summer Pandemic EBT benefits this week.

Alabama is one of the first states in the nation to begin issuing P-EBT summer benefits for 2022.

The benefits, $391 for each participating student within a household, will be loaded onto individual Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards for the purchase of SNAP-eligible food.

Summer benefits on existing EBT cards will soon be available to families who received P-EBT benefits during the 2021-22 school year. New entrants to the program will receive their card in the mail within 20 days.

“Alabama continues to do tremendous work to reduce the risk of hunger and give children the best chance to reach their full potential,” said Commissioner Nancy Buckner of the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR). “Food safety is a key ingredient in a child’s recipe for success in the classroom and at home.

To become eligible for summer P-EBT, applications must be submitted to the National School Lunch Program by families by August 31. Benefits are limited to students who receive free or reduced meals through the Community eligibility provision or one Layout 2 school.

For questions about P-EBT, call 1-800-410-5827 or visit dhr.alabama.gov/food-assistance/ 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to speak with a support specialist.

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