Delaware Households Affected by School Closings During Pandemic Will Receive Additional Temporary Food Benefits

Eligible Families Will Be Reimbursed for Cost of Meals That Would Have Been Available in Schools

NEW CASTLE (March 29, 2021) – Delaware households with children affected by school closures during the COVID-19 public health emergency will receive additional temporary food-assistance benefits under the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. Eligible households will receive P-EBT benefits for each school day that their child did not receive meals at school during the current school year.

The state’s Division of Social Services, collaborating with the state’s Department of Education, will issue P-EBT benefits beginning today, March 29. Benefits will be available on recipients’ EBT cards the day after they are issued. The dates that benefits will be issued to individual households depend on when the Division of Social Services receives eligibility and attendance data from each school. Some households may experience a delay in receiving benefits; benefits may become available one to two weeks from the first issuance date. The date range that households may receive monthly benefits is listed in the schedule below.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 extended P-EBT through the 2020-2021 school year. Delaware began issuing P-EBT benefits for the current school year to eligible households last September, to cover August and September 2020. The new benefits will cover October 2020 through June 2021 and will be issued using the following schedule:

P-EBT benefit month Date benefits will be loaded to EBT cards
(Households will receive one benefit issuance during each issuance period)
October 2020 & November 2020 March 29, 2021, to April 15, 2021
December 2020 & January 2021 April 22, 2021, to May 6, 2021
February 2021 & March 2021 May 13, 2021, to May 27, 2021
April 2021 & May 2021 June 3, 2021, to June 17, 2021
June 2021 July 1, 2021

Please note: These issuance date ranges may change. Check Delaware’s P-EBT website for up-to-date information.

P-EBT benefits may be used to purchase food at stores that accept SNAP EBT cards. SNAP households will have P-EBT benefits loaded to their existing SNAP EBT cards. Households that do not receive SNAP will have P-EBT benefits loaded to the P-EBT card that was sent to them in the spring or fall of 2020. Newly eligible non-SNAP households will receive a P-EBT card in the mail along with details on how to use the card.

A child is eligible for P-EBT benefits for the 2020-2021 school year if two conditions are met:

  1. The child is certified to receive free or reduced-price meals or attends a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school where all students receive free meals through the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, and
  2. The child does not receive free or reduced-price meals at school because the school is closed or has been operating with reduced attendance or hours for at least 5 consecutive days in the current school year.

Households will receive $6.82 for each school day that their child did not receive meals at school because the school was closed or the child was participating in remote learning. The P-EBT benefit amount equals the federal reimbursement rate for breakfast, lunch, and a snack of $6.82 per child per eligible school day. Households will receive P-EBT benefits for all eligible children in their home in monthly issuances. Households will not receive P-EBT for the days that their children attended school in-person and received meals at school.

The state estimates that it will issue $91.3 million in P-EBT benefits to approximately 93,000 children for school closures and reductions in attendance and hours from October 2020 through June 2021.

“The pandemic emergency has created significant health and educational challenges for vulnerable families in Delaware, with schools closed or operating with reduced hours,” said Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Molly Magarik. “This temporary assistance will help affected families continue to provide a nutritious diet, which is essential to their children’s health.”

Eligible households will receive written notification in the mail regarding P-EBT benefits for the 2020-2021 school year. Households do not need to take any action to receive P-EBT benefits. P-EBT eligibility is based on information received from Delaware schools.

Please contact the Division of Social Services at 1-866-843-7212 if you have questions about Delaware’s P-EBT Program.


Delaware’s SNAP Recipients Will See Monthly Benefits Increase 15 Percent Through June 2021

Temporary increase is part of federal spending bill signed in late December

NEW CASTLE (Jan. 15, 2021) – Delaware households currently receiving food benefits will receive an additional 15 percent in benefits each month from now through June under federal spending legislation signed in late December.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 temporarily increased the maximum monthly allotment of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by 15 percent effective in January and ending in June, at which time benefits will revert to their current amounts.

SNAP households that had open, ongoing cases before Jan. 1, 2021, will receive their regular monthly benefit on their normal issuance date as well as the additional 15 percent increase supplemental. The 15 percent increase supplemental will be added to households’ Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards on Jan. 26, and the benefits will be available for use the following day. SNAP households that were determined eligible after Jan. 1 already received the increase in their January benefit on their normal issuance date at the new increased amount; they will not receive the 15 percent increase supplemental on Jan. 26. Food benefits that will be issued from February 2021 through June 2021 will include the 15 percent increase and will be issued automatically to recipients on their normal issuance dates. The 15 percent benefit increase is based on each household’s current benefit amount and may be less than the amounts shown in the chart below.

TEMPORARY 15% MAXIMUM FOOD BENEFIT ALLOTMENT INCREASE

Household Size Current Amount 15% Increase Supplemental
(January 2021 Only)
New Amount
Effective Jan. 2021 – June 2021
(Current Amount +
15% Increase Supplemental)
1 $204 $30 $234
2 $374 $56 $430
3 $535 $81 $616
4 $680 $102 $782
5 $807 $122 $929
6 $969 $145 $1,114
7 $1071 $161 $1,232
8 $1,224 $184 $1,408
Each additional member $153 $23 $176

 

Please note that this new, temporary 15 percent benefit is in addition to the emergency COVID-19 benefit that has been issued monthly since March 2020 to SNAP households that are not already receiving the maximum monthly allotment for their household size. The emergency benefit for January will be issued to eligible households on Jan. 27; the emergency benefit may continue month-to-month as long as Delaware’s State of Emergency remains in effect.

“This temporary increase will provide much-needed relief over the next several months to Delaware’s SNAP recipients as they continue to cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Molly Magarik. “Along with our local efforts, the additional SNAP benefit and other federal assistance will help vulnerable Delawareans provide for themselves and their families in the face of ongoing challenges created by the public health emergency.”

More than 120,000 Delawareans receive SNAP benefits. The average size of a SNAP household in Delaware is 2.04 individuals and the average monthly benefit amount is $233. Individuals seeking to apply for SNAP benefits in Delaware may apply online at https://assist.dhss.delaware.gov/ or by phone at 1-866-843-7212.


Delaware’s SNAP Program Issues Additional Emergency Benefits Available Starting July 31

 

Existing clients may receive these additional benefits to support food needs

 

NEW CASTLE (July 31, 2020) – Emergency benefits have been issued to participants of Delaware’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for July as part of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020.  


Under this federal act signed into law March 18, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) issued emergency benefits to any household not already receiving the maximum monthly SNAP benefit. 
SNAP households that already receive the maximum monthly benefit will not receive additional funds.

 

The emergency benefits were released July 30, and were automatically loaded to recipients’ SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards for use starting July 31. The emergency benefits will allow the household’s monthly allotment to increase to the maximum amount for a household of that size, as follows:

 

Number in SNAP Household

Maximum Benefit Amount

1

$194

2

$355

3

$509

4

$646

5

$768

6

$921

7

$1,018

8

$1,164

Each additional person

$146


SNAP households already received their regular July benefits on their usual issuance dates.

 

Many SNAP households also received emergency benefits in March, April, May and June. “This additional assistance helps Delaware families who continue to struggle to meet their food and nutritional needs because of the ongoing economic impact of COVID-19,” said Molly Magarik, Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services. “DHSS continues to work with our fellow state agencies and community partners to help reduce the number of individuals and families who worry about going hungry.”

 

More than 120,000 Delawareans receive SNAP benefits. The average size of a SNAP household in Delaware is 2.04 individuals and the average monthly benefit amount is $233. Individuals seeking to apply for SNAP benefits in Delaware may apply online through https://assist.dhss.delaware.gov/ or by phone at 1-866-843-7212. 

 


Delaware SNAP to Issue Additional Emergency Benefits Starting June 30

Existing clients may receive additional benefits to support food needs

NEW CASTLE (June 28, 2020) – Emergency benefits will be issued to participants of Delaware’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for June as part of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020.

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Under this federal act signed into law March 18, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) will issue emergency benefits to any household not already receiving the maximum monthly SNAP benefit. SNAP households that already receive the maximum monthly benefit will not receive additional funds.

The emergency benefits will be released Tuesday evening, June 30, and will automatically load to recipients’ SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards for use starting Wednesday, July 1. The emergency benefits will allow the household’s monthly allotment to increase to the maximum amount for a household of that size, as follows:

 

Number in SNAP
Household
Maximum Benefit Amount
1 $194
2 $355
3 $509
4 $646
5 $768
6 $921
7 $1,018
8 $1,164
Each additional person $146

 

SNAP households will receive their regular June benefits on their usual issuance dates.

Many SNAP households also received emergency benefits in March, April and May. “We are grateful that this additional assistance continues to be available to Delaware families who are struggling to meet their food and nutritional needs because of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on our economy,” said Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services. “DHSS continues to work with our fellow state agencies and community partners to help reduce the number of individuals and families who are worried about going hungry.”

More than 120,000 Delawareans receive SNAP benefits. The average size of a SNAP household in Delaware is 2.04 individuals and the average monthly benefit amount is $233. Individuals seeking to apply for SNAP benefits in Delaware may apply online through Delaware ASSIST or by phone at 1-866-843-7212.

 

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The Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of life of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.