| Website by. This emergency plan provides extra food benefits to families with school-age children who would normally receive free or reduced price meals if schools were open. This is a one-time payment to help cover the costs of meals that would have been provided during the school year. A: Your local school district provided the address you have on file to the Department of Education, and that information was shared with DHS. Copyright © 2020 State of Arkansas. alisha.lewis@adhe.edu. Pandemic SNAP provides $319 per student for missed school days in March, April, and May. (501) 682-1001, TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service. ADE Director of Communications Your email address will not be published. Overall, low-income Arkansas families will receive a total of $96 million in Pandemic SNAP benefits. Required fields are marked *, © 2020 Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. The total cost of the Pandemic SNAP benefits in Arkansas is $96 million, which will go to grocery stores and other food vendors that accept SNAP. So you will get a card for each child that was enrolled. DHS worked with ADE to identify the 303, 120 students in Arkansas who qualify for free or reduced lunches. DHS Chief of Communications Gross Income Limits Apply First to Households with no Elderly or Disabled Members (Regular Households) A: No. If you’re a current SNAP household with children, or a non-SNAP household with children who are currently enrolled in their school’s free and reduced-price meals program, you are automatically enrolled in Pandemic EBT. Pandemic-EBT As part of its mid-March coronavirus rescue package, Congress created the Pandemic-EBT program, which provided low-income families with money to … If you’re a current SNAP household with children, or a non-SNAP household with children who are currently enrolled in their school’s free and reduced-price meals program, you are automatically enrolled in Pandemic EBT. Enter your address and a list of nearby retailers that accept SNAP , P-SNAP, and P-EBT benefits will come up. DHS will mail an EBT card and information about how to access benefits on the EBT card to the address ADE has on file. A: The benefits on this card are available to your household in place of the meals that your child did not get because of the school closures. Not all pre-k students are eligible for this program. Arkansas is one of more than 40 states that applied for and received Pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funding. A: No. Pandemic EBT is a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020. “Obviously, there are many considerations for students when you close face-to-face instruction,” said Education Secretary Johnny Key. Pandemic SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is designed to help replace the cost of meals incurred by families as a result of the State closing schools on March 15 due to the public health emergency created by the coronavirus. You must update your address by June 15 for Pandemic SNAP. If you have a question about whether your school participates, please reach out to your school. If your family is not enrolled in SNAP and the address your local school district has on file is no longer right, you should email your address change to pebt@dhs.arkansas.gov. If you are already enrolled in SNAP you will see the additional benefits on your EBT card in late June. Read on for more information about the program by clicking here: Your email address will not be published. A: No, you do not need to be enrolled in SNAP already or eligible for the regular SNAP program. Division of Aging, Adult, & Behavioral Health Services, Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education, Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, Division of Provider Services & Quality Assurance, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Meet the Chief Communications & Community Engagement Officer, COVID-19/Coronavirus Information for DHS Employees, School District (that child attended when schools closed in Spring).

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