Are there additional resources for families that qualify for free or reduced-price school meals?
On May 6, the USDA announced that New York State has been approved for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), which provides nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures.
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the New York State Education Department will issue P-EBT benefits to current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households and non-SNAP households, which include children eligible for free and reduced-price school meals, through the State’s SNAP EBT card system.
Families will receive money on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the school meals gap. The average benefit will be $5.70 per day, per student, retroactive to when school initially closed (March 16, 2020 through June 25, 2020). Visit otda.ny.gov/programs/snap to learn more about SNAP.