Each student enrolled in the Monticello Central School District will receive $420 in food benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program between June and August. P-EBT is a new program to help fill the school meals gap for children who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-19 school closures. In districts where all students receive free meals, such as Monticello, all enrolled students will receive this benefit, regardless of income or immigration status.
Benefits will be issued automatically. There is no application. P-EBT does not affect eligibility for other benefits or public charge status. For more detailed information, please visit hungersolutionsny.org/pebt
Important highlights of P-EBT:
- Each eligible child will receive $420 in P-EBT food benefits.
- P-EBT benefits can be used to buy food at SNAP-participating stores.
- There is no application. P-EBT benefits will be issued automatically between June and August. Families who receive SNAP, Public Assistance, or Medicaid will get benefits on their current EBT or Medicaid card. Others will receive a new EBT card in the mail.
- Your immigration status does not matter for P-EBT. Using P-EBT does not affect your or your child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does not apply to P-EBT.
- P-EBT is not SNAP, and does not replace other nutrition programs. You can use other programs, like summer meals, SNAP, and WIC, while using P-EBT. You can still get “grab and go” or delivered meals from your school.
Please note that this is program is not managed by the district and district employees may not be able to answer specific questions about the program. Please visit Visit HungerSolutionsNY.org/PEBT to learn more, and contact otda.sm.eisp.PEBT@otda.ny.gov or call 1-833-452-0096. with questions.