The P-EBT was passed by Congress to provide temporary food resources for all families with children who receive free or reduced lunch. A state can opt into the P-EBT program if schools have been closed for at least 5 consecutive days.

Children and youth in foster care are categorically eligible for free lunches. Once a state has an approved Pandemic EBT program, foster families (relative and nonrelative) could receive these benefits on behalf of the children in their care.

See a new CHAMPS brief for more information about the Pandemic EBT program and how it can help foster families.

See here for current list of states with approved plans.

 

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