Pandemic EBT Program Information

Financial Assistance Available for Families That Qualify for Free and Reduced School Lunches

Important Update: The deadline to apply for P-EBT has been extended until August 14. Important details on the program and how to apply here https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/covid-19/p-ebt-and-covid-19-faqs.html
 
EBT Questions? Parents can call the DHS hotline for P-EBT 1-833-496-0661 and select option 3; or email P-ebt.dhs@tn.gov

 

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) and the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) announced Tennessee families are now eligible to receive financial support for their children’s nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This support is provided through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program.

Under the new P-EBT program, families of children who receive free or reduced meals at school or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school may receive financial assistance to replace school meals during the months of March, April and May due to COVID-19 school closures. The program will provide parents with $5.70 per child for each day that child qualifies for P-EBT.

 

ALL BEDFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY PROVISION SCHOOLS

 

Parents who already receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits currently, do not need to apply. The funds began arriving on the EBT card they already use beginning June 12. Parents who do not receive SNAP benefits, but whose children do qualify for free or reduced school meals, will need to apply for P-EBT online here beginning June 15. The application period will end June 29, 2020.

 

Individuals who need assistance completing their P-EBT application or have general questions about the program are encouraged to call the TDHS hotline at 1-833-496-0661 and select option 3. Qualifying families will receive P-EBT support in two installments, one for meals in March and April initially, and then one additional disbursement later next month for May meals.

 

Learn more about the Tennessee Department of Human Services at www.tn.gov/humanservices

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