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P-EBT for 0-5 Year Olds on SNAP

P-EBT for 0-5 Year Olds on SNAP Information


Louisiana received federal approval to issue Pandemic EBT benefits to families of children ages 0-5 who lived in or attended child care in areas where facilities were closed or operating with reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible families will receive $95 per eligible month between October 2020 and May 2021 and $187.50 per month for June and July 2021.


Eligibility

Who is eligible?

All children under the age of six in households that had an active SNAP case in any month from October 2020 through July 2021 are eligible for P-EBT benefits.

  • They must have lived in or attended child care in an area where one or more schools or child care facilities were closed or operating with reduced attendance or hours.
  • If a child turned six between October 2020 and July 2021, they would only be eligible to receive benefits in the months they were aged five or under (including the month they turned six) and were included in an active SNAP case.
  • If your child received P-EBT benefits for any month during the 2020-21 school year, they are not eligible for Child Care P-EBT benefits as they may have already received benefits for the designated time period.

Do I have to sign up to receive P-EBT benefits for my 0-5 year old?

No. You do not need to do anything extra to receive these benefits for your child. DCFS is issuing these benefits November 23-25, 2021, directly to SNAP EBT cards to eligible children based on SNAP household information.

How do I know if I’ll be receiving benefits for my child?

Parents can check their case through the “Check My Cases” link on their CAFÉ account at www.dcfs.la.gov/CAFE or the LifeInCheck App. Parents with eligible children in their SNAP household will also receive a customized flyer in the mail, explaining which children are eligible for the P-EBT Child Care benefits and the months their benefits cover.

My child was under 6 but attended a K-12 school. I didn’t receive P-EBT benefits for the school year. Should I expect these benefits?

Your child is eligible if the school closed or operated with reduced attendance or hours between October 2020 and July 2021, AND your child was part of an active SNAP case during these months.

My child was in child care and it closed due to the pandemic, but I am not on SNAP. Will I receive these benefits?

No. To be eligible, the child must be on an active SNAP case between October 2020 and July 2021.

My child is in daycare now. Will I receive benefits?

According to the guidelines approved by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, if your child lived in or attended child care in an area where one or more schools or child care facilities were closed or operating with reduced attendance or hours between October 2020 and July 2021, AND your child was part of an active SNAP case during any of those months, then your child would be eligible.

Benefits

How much will I be receiving per child?

Each eligible child will receive $95 per eligible month between October 2020 and May 2021 and $187.50 per month for June and July 2021.

When can I expect to receive my child’s benefits?

P-EBT benefits for 0-5-year-olds will be distributed in stages between November 23-25 (available by the 26th) based on eligibility. Recipients may not receive their entire benefits at the same time but will receive all benefits by the end of the day on November 25.

Will I receive these benefits be issued on a separate P-EBT card?

No. Unlike other P-EBT benefits, these P-EBT benefits for 0-5 year olds will be added directly to your household’s SNAP Louisiana Purchase EBT cards.

What happens if my child turned six during the 2020-2021 school year?

If a child turned six between October 2020 and July 2021, they would only be eligible to receive benefits for the months they were aged five or under (including the month they turned six) and were included in an active SNAP case.

Will receiving this money count as income and affect other benefits (SNAP, FITAP, KCSP)?

No. P-EBT is not SNAP, and receiving P-EBT will not alter your SNAP benefits.

Is this a one-time payment?

Child Care P-EBT benefits cover previous months under the school year 2020-2021. Eligible benefits will be issued in part or in whole between November 23 and November 25. Each eligible child will receive $95 per eligible month between October 2020 and May 2021 and $187.50 per month for June and July 2021.

How did DCFS determine the amount of the benefit?

Benefits were determined by multiplying $6.82 by the number of days meals were missed due to the closure of child care facilities.

Will there be Child Care P-EBT for the current school year?

If and when the USDA Food and Nutrition Service approves Child Care P-EBT for the current school year, we will let parents know what to expect.

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