Delaware Gets Approval to Extend Pandemic-EBT Benefits to Feed Children During COVID-19 Emergency

Eligible Households Will Be Reimbursed Through September for Cost of Meals That Would Have Been Available in Schools

NEW CASTLE (Sept. 30, 2020) – The Division of Social Services received federal approval Sept. 25 to extend benefits under the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to cover the months of August and September. P-EBT was authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to provide assistance to families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

The P-EBT program provides a supplemental food-purchasing benefit to current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households and a new EBT benefit to eligible non-SNAP households to offset the cost of meals that would have otherwise been available at school.

P-EBT benefits will be issued to all eligible households on Sept. 30.

The approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture extends the benefits initially approved and issued starting in spring 2020 in response to Delaware’s state of emergency ordered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the current state of emergency declaration, Delaware’s schools are open, but most are operating under remote learning for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

The recent approval allows Delaware to extend the benefits through September to households with school-aged children who are participating in remote learning for five consecutive days and do not have access to free meals at their schools.

Households with children participating in remote learning must also meet one of the following conditions to receive P-EBT:

  • The household includes children who are certified to receive free or reduced-price school meals for the 2020-2021 school year, or;
  • The household includes children who attend schools that offer free school meals to all students (Community Eligibility or Provision 2 schools) for the 2020-2021 school year.

For the 2020-2021 school year, approximately 81,000 children attending Delaware schools are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits. The P-EBT benefits will be issued as a supplement to SNAP households on their existing EBT cards and to non-SNAP households on their existing P-EBT cards from the 2019-2020 school year. Non-SNAP households who became eligible for P-EBT for the 2020-2021 school year will automatically receive a new P-EBT card in the mail for all eligible children in their household along with details on how to use the card.

Delaware will follow the P-EBT benefit guidance provided by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. The P-EBT benefit amount equals the federal reimbursement rate for breakfast and lunch of $5.86 per child per eligible school day. P-EBT benefit amounts will vary based on school start dates and remote learning schedules. P-EBT benefits can only be issued to children who attend schools that are participating in the P-EBT program.

P-EBT Issuance Details

Each eligible child in a household will receive $5.86 in P-EBT benefits for each eligible school day in August and September that their child’s school was operating under remote learning.
P-EBT benefits will be issued to all eligible households on Sept. 30, 2020. Households with an EBT or P-EBT card will automatically receive their benefits on their card for all of the eligible children in their household. It may take up to two weeks for newly eligible households to receive their P-EBT cards in the mail.

“The P-EBT program helps to keep Delaware families healthy and their children fed during this national emergency,” said Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Molly Magarik. “This additional support is critically important as families continue to cope with the health and education challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Eligible households will receive written notification in the mail regarding P-EBT benefits for August and September.

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


The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit “The Pandemic Paintings” by Theresa Walton

On view from June 12 – July 24, 2020
Visit the Gallery in-person or view it online

Wilmington, Del. (June 10, 2020) – The Pandemic Paintings, an exhibition of watercolor portraits of health care workers and scenes that represent hope to them by Theresa (Terre) Walton, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 12-July 24, 2020. For those unable to visit in-person, an online gallery will be available on our main website on June 12. Walton, a retired art educator with over 25 years of experience, paints in both watercolors and acrylics and has exhibited in various venues in the Newark and Wilmington area.

The Pandemic Paintings started with Walton’s commitment to paint every day during the quarantine, and a spontaneous watercolor painted from a photo of her son’s fiancé in a mask before work. After posting the watercolor on Facebook, Walton received an avalanche of requests from family and friends to paint their loved ones working in health care. For over a week she painted up to four portraits a day to keep up with the demand. The result is a collection of over 35 portraits of people “connected to her by five degrees of separation.”

Self-portrait, 2020, watercolor, 5″ x 7″

Moving on from the portraits, hope became the theme of the next phase of the quarantine watercolors. Walton requested from that same sphere of friends to send her a photo of something “that represents hope or a photo of what you hope to do when this whole thing is over.” Walton received many images of nature (walks, wildlife, and gardens) and water.

Most recently she is painting a series of loose, spontaneous images of her own choosing. Walton said, “I am still getting portrait requests and still fulfilling those requests, but primarily have moved on to the loose, relaxed work of the final phase, and hope.”

Images from Health Workers/ Five Degrees of Separation, 2020, watercolor, all images 5″ x 7″

The Mezzanine Gallery is open to the public weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located in the Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington. Visitors must wear face coverings and maintain 6 feet distance from other individuals not in their household.

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302-577-8280, leeann.wallett@delaware.gov


The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit arts.delaware.gov or call 302-577-8278.


Governor Carney Creates Pandemic Resurgence Advisory Committee

Working group will plan for potential resurgence of COVID-19 in the fall

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Monday signed Executive Order #39, creating a Pandemic Resurgence Advisory Committee (PRAC) to plan for a potentially dangerous resurgence of COVID-19 in fall 2020.

Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long and Secretary of State Jeff Bullock will co-chair the PRAC, along with the co-chairs of three subcommittees:

  • Chair: Dr. Nancy Fan, Chair of the Delaware Health Care Commission
  • Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health
  • AJ Schall, Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency
  • State Senator Bryan Townsend
  • State Representative Dave Bentz
  • State Senator Ernie Lopez
  • Representative Steve Smyk
  • Mickey Carroll, Nursing House Administrator of the New Castle Health & Rehabilitation Center 
  • Vickie Fox, VP – Director of Operations of Genesis Health Care 
  • Dr. David Tam, President and Chief Executive Officer of Beebe Healthcare
  • Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of ChristianaCare Health System
  • Dr. Joseph Straight, President of the Medical Society of Delaware

  • Chair: Eugene Young, President, Metropolitan Urban League of Wilmington
  • Commissioner Claire DeMatteis, Delaware Department of Correction
  • Director Anas Ben Addi, Delaware State Housing Authority
  • Chief Information Officer James Collins, Delaware Department of Technology and Information
  • State Senator Elizabeth Lockman
  • State Representative Sherry Dorsey-Walker
  • Senator Gerald Hocker
  • State Representative Lyndon Yearick
  • Rev. Rita Paige, Pastor of New Beginnings Community AME Church
  • Freeman Williams, NAACP State Conference Executive Member and former Superintendent of the Christina School District
  • Lolita Lopez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Westside Family Healthcare
  • Van Hampton, President and Chief Executive Officer of True Access capital
  • Maria Matos, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Latin American Community Center
  • LeRoi S. Hicks, MD, MPH, FACP, Wilmington Hospital Hugh R. Sharp Jr. Chair, Department of Medicine Physician Leader, Value Institute Professor of Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Rosa Rivera, Chief Operations Officer of La Red Health Center
  • Jane Hovington, NAACP State Conference Executive Member and President of the Richard Allen Coalition 
  • Dr. Josh Thomas, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of NAMI Delaware

  • Chair: Katie Wilkinson, Chair of the Board of Directors, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
  • Secretary Jen Cohan, Delaware Department of Transportation 
  • State Senator Nicole Poore
  • State Representative Bill Bush
  • State Senator Dave Wilson
  • State Representative Jeff Spiegelman
  • Kurt Foreman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership
  • Nelson Hill, Vice President of UFCW Local 27
  • Todd Lawson, Sussex County Administrator
  • Steve Chambliss, General Manager of the Christiana Mall
  • Taryn Delmasso, Head of Operations at Edgewell Personal Care
  • Chris Schell, Chief Executive Officer of Schell Brothers Homebuilding
  • Judy Diogo, President of Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce
  • Carrie Leishman, President & CEO of the Delaware Restaurant Association
  • Dick Willey, President of Perdue Agribusiness LCC

Click here to read Executive Order #39.

“This pandemic is not over,” said Governor Carney. “The COVID-19 virus is still active in Delaware, and there’s a real risk of a dangerous second wave this fall. Our most vulnerable populations – especially our elderly neighbors and those with underlying health conditions – remain most at risk. I want to thank everyone who agreed to serve on this committee. This distinguished group will help us look forward, and develop a comprehensive plan for managing a second wave of this disease.

“In the meantime, Delawareans need to remain vigilant. Visit your favorite restaurant, but maintain social distance in all public settings. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Wear face coverings, and please stay home if you feel sick. Now is not the time to let up.”

Under Governor Carney’s executive order on Monday, the PRAC will:

  • Develop a healthcare system and public health strategy that’s ready in case of a resurgence of COVID-19;
  • Identify tactics and resources to manage a resurgence of COVID-19 including, but not limited to testing capabilities, personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing, economic recovery and health facility readiness; and
  • Assess methods to protect vulnerable populations and consider disproportionate effects on minority-owned businesses in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19.

“We must be prepared as we move into the fall with a plan that assumes there will be no vaccine or treatment in the event COVID-19 resurges,” said Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long. “These last few months have shown us what has worked, and what has not. We must build on those lessons to improve and protect the health of all Delawareans, in a way that is equitable and fair for all communities, and all sectors of our economy.”

“This is an inclusive and transparent effort to prepare for the worst while continuing to hope for the best,” said Secretary of State Jeff Bullock. “We’ve learned a lot in the last few months about what works in responding to a pandemic, and some things that don’t work as well. This committee will build on that experience to improve the ways we’ll respond if we see a resurgence.”

The PRAC will produce and submit two written reports of its findings and recommendations to the Governor – the first by July 31, and the second by September 30. Delaware’s Office of Management and Budget, the Delaware Department of Justice, and the Office of the Governor will provide administrative and leadership support for the PRAC and each of its subcommittees.

The PRAC virtual meetings will be scheduled in the coming weeks, and meeting information will be posted on Delaware’s public meeting calendar.

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, should call Delaware 2-1-1, or email delaware211@uwde.org. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Medical-related questions related to testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.

The Delaware Division of Public Health will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

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