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.