Delaware’s P-EBT Program Will Provide One-Time Benefits to Feed Children During Summer

Eligible Families Will Receive Additional Emergency Food Assistance Benefits for Summer 2021

NEW CASTLE (July 8, 2021) – Eligible Delaware households will receive additional emergency food assistance benefits under the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to cover the summer period when children are on break and not receiving meals at school.

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 extends P-EBT through summer 2021 for the following children:

  • Children who received P-EBT benefits during the last month of the 2020-2021 school year;
  • Children who were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the 2020-2021 school year, but did not receive P-EBT benefits in the last month of the school year because they attended school in-person and had access to meals at school;
  • Children who are determined newly eligible for free or reduced-price meals during summer 2021; and
  • Children under age 6 who are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits during summer 2021.

Delaware’s Division of Social Services, collaborating with the Delaware Department of Education, will issue the Summer P-EBT benefit from July 8 to July 29. Eligible households will receive the U.S. standard Summer P-EBT one-time benefit of $375 for each eligible child in the household in one issuance on their EBT card. The date in July that benefits are issued to individual households depends on when P-EBT eligibility information is received from Delaware schools. Benefits will be available to use the day after they are issued

Households that apply for free or reduced-price meals by September 3, 2021, and whose children are determined newly eligible for summer 2021 may also receive the Summer P-EBT benefit. If the Division of Social Services receives a child’s P-EBT eligibility information after July, the household will receive the Summer P-EBT benefit on one of the dates listed below depending on when the Division of Social Services receives the child’s information:

  • Aug. 19, 2021 (benefits available Aug. 20)
  • Sept. 9, 2021 (benefits available Sept. 10)
  • Sept. 30, 2021 (benefits available Oct. 1)

P-EBT benefits may be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and farmer’s markets that accept SNAP EBT cards. SNAP households will have the Summer P-EBT benefit loaded to their existing SNAP EBT cards. Households that do not receive SNAP will have the Summer P-EBT benefit loaded to the P-EBT card that was sent to them during school year 2019-2020 or school year 2020-2021. Newly eligible non-SNAP households will receive a P-EBT card in the mail along with details on how to use the card.

The Division of Social Services estimates that it will issue $44.6 million in P-EBT benefits to approximately 119,000 children for summer 2021.

“The consistent availability of food is one of the most important social determinants of health, especially for children and their families in need,” said Molly Magarik, Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Health and Social Services, which includes the Division of Social Services. “We are grateful for the support of the American Rescue Plan Act and the federal government in being able to extend Pandemic EBT benefits during the summer to eligible Delaware families.”

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

Families who would like to apply for free or reduced-price school meals may contact the School Nutrition Program for their child’s school or visit their school’s website to complete an application. Families must apply for free or reduced-price meals by September 3, 2021, to be eligible potentially for the Summer P-EBT benefit.

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


Delaware’s Pandemic EBT Program Expands to Include Children Younger Than 6 Whose Families Receive SNAP Benefits

Eligible SNAP Households Will Receive Additional Food Assistance for Those Children

NEW CASTLE (May 3, 2021) – Delaware families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits will get additional food assistance through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program for children younger than 6 who live in SNAP households.

The federal P-EBT program was established in March 2020 to provide food dollars to families to make up for meals missed on days when schools were closed or operated with reduced in-person attendance due to COVID-19. Federal legislation signed in December 2020 expanded P-EBT benefits to eligible SNAP households with children younger than 6, effective retroactively from Oct. 1, 2020.

The first round of benefits covering the 2020-2021 school year will be issued May 6. A child younger than 6 is eligible for P-EBT benefits if two conditions are met:

The child is a member of a household that received SNAP food benefits at any time since Oct. 1, 2020.
The child lives in an area where one or more schools are closed or are operating with reduced attendance or hours because of COVID-19.

For each child younger than 6, the SNAP household will receive $6.82 per day multiplied by the average number of remote school days per month reported for the public schools located in the county where the household lives. The P-EBT benefit amount equals the federal reimbursement rate for breakfast, lunch, and a snack per child per school day. The average number of remote school days per month can change, so P-EBT benefit amounts may change each month.

Benefits will be issued according to the following schedule:

P-EBT Schedule for Children Younger Than Age 6

P-EBT Benefit Month

Date Benefits will be Loaded to SNAP EBT Cards
(benefits will be available to use the next day)

October 2020 & November 2020 May 6, 2021
December 2020 & January 2021 May 20, 2021
February 2021 & March 2021 June 3, 2021
April 2021 & May 2021 June 24, 2021
June 2021 July 8, 2021

 

SNAP households will receive P-EBT benefits on their existing SNAP EBT cards and can use their P-EBT benefits just like SNAP food benefits to buy eligible food items at stores and farmer’s markets that accept SNAP EBT. Households will receive monthly P-EBT benefits for all children in their home who are younger than 6. Households will only receive P-EBT benefits for children younger than 6 for the months that the household received SNAP food benefits during the P-EBT period.

“The P-EBT program has provided a lifeline to financially vulnerable families who struggle to put food on the table,” said Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Molly Magarik. “This additional assistance covering SNAP households with children younger than 6 is another step toward achieving an equitable recovery from the pandemic for all Delawareans.”

SNAP households that include school-age children who are eligible for P-EBT will continue to receive P-EBT benefits for those children on a separate date. Check Delaware’s P-EBT website for details.

The state estimates that it will issue $2.1 million in P-EBT benefits per month to approximately 17,770 children younger than 6 in SNAP households.

Eligible SNAP households will receive written notification in the mail regarding P-EBT benefits. Households do not need to take any action to receive P-EBT benefits.

Please contact the Division of Social Services at 1-866-843-7212 if you have questions about Delaware’s P-EBT Program. More information about the program can be found at:

https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dss/pebt.html