*This article was originally published July 8 on the MCSD website; we are reposting it now in September as local families have begun receiving their benefits. As a reminder, Monticello Central School District is not affiliated with this program. We are distributing this information as a public service and can not answer specific questions about this benefit. Please refer any questions to the links and phone numbers in the article below.*
New York State is providing Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food benefits to all households with children who are eligible to receive free school lunch under the National School Lunch Act and whose school was closed or operating with reduced in-school attendance due to COVID-19 during the 2020-2021 academic year. Because of Monticello’s participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), all Monticello students who were in grades K-12 in the 2020-21 school year are eligible. The benefit is not available for Project Excel students.
If you have misplaced a P-EBT Food Benefit card issued to your child[ren], you may order a replacement card by calling 1-888-328-6399 If your child[ren] received P-EBT benefits on a Medicaid card and you need to order a replacement NYS Medicaid card or select a PIN, go to otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/P-EBT-Medicaid-Card-PIN-Instructions.asp for more information.
Once you have set up a PIN to access your P-EBT food benefits, you can check your family’s P-EBT food benefits balance by visiting www.connectebt.com or by calling 1-888-328-6399.
For additional information please visit NYSOTDA P-EBT Benefits Information Page