The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many schools in Kentucky being closed for in-person learning since March. To help provide food supports for families, Kentucky has leveraged a federal program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT). These benefits provide money that can be used on grocery items in place of free meals that children would receive at school.
The first round of P-EBT covered the school days spent learning from home in March, April, and May 2020. The second round covered school days spent learning from home in August and September 2020, which varied for each student depending on their school’s schedule.
Beginning in November, all schools were required to close to in-person classes and remain on a home-based learning schedule.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has announced that P-EBT will be available for October and the following months that students spend learning from home. However, this round of benefits has not yet been finalized for rollout. We expect to hear more information about how families can access the next round of benefits in January 2021. Check back here for updates.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has also provided information that some students were unintentionally left off the mailing list for the August and September benefits. This issue has been identified and is being resolved. Families who did not receive their card should expect it to arrive by mail in early January 2021. The amount on the benefit cards will vary for each student, depending on how many days they spent learning from home in August and September.
If you have questions about the P-EBT benefit or the status of your card, please call the state’s Family Support Line at (855) 306-8959.