Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program for Polson School District families who qualify for free and reduced meals.
The District has provided information regarding families who qualify for Free and Reduced meals to the Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS). The DPHHS should be sending those families a letter in the mail informing them of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, as well as a loaded EBT card to assist them with meal costs. Should you have any questions or comments, please call the District Office at (406) 883-6355.
What is the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)?
P-EBT provides nutrition benefits to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals because schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible students and families will receive money on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the school meals gap. The benefit will be $5.70/day per student, retroactive to when school initially closed (for Montana the benefit through the end of the 2019-2020 school year will be $330/child). Families can get both P-EBT and “grab and go” meals from schools and community organizations that schools are serving during the pandemic. All children ages 5 to 18 that were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals as of March 18, 2020 qualify for this benefit. This benefit will be issued through the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). The P-EBT card works like a debit card to purchase food items anywhere EBT benefits are accepted. DPHHS will notify families of this benefit. Families receiving SNAP will get the P-EBT benefit added to their existing EBT card. Non-SNAP families will be mailed an EBT card with the P-EBT benefit. Since children on free or reduced-price lunch automatically qualify for the benefit, families do not need to apply. DPHHS will automatically provide this benefit to families on SNAP, and is working with OPI and local school districts to obtain data from non-SNAP households who are eligible for P-EBT.