California Pandemic EBT for Students Explained

If you recently got one of these cards in the mail with your child’s name on it, don’t throw it away! It’s not a scam, it’s a part of a federal food program. Let me explain. 

P-EBT or Pandemic EBT, is a program for families that have students enrolled in any California School. Children 0-6 are also eligible for P-EBT under certain conditions and if they qualify, will receive a separate card. Let me start by saying, these cards are a good thing! They are meant to provide financial assistance for families during this difficult time. They’re loaded with SNAP benefits or what we used to call Food Stamps and can be used for groceries at most stores. 

“The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE), received approval to operate the program in response to COVID-19 related school and child care closures. P-EBT provides food benefits to help families with young children (under age 6) who got CalFresh Food benefits between October 2020 and August 2021 and school-age children who were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through the federal School Breakfast or National School Lunch Program for School Year 2020-21 and assumed to have attended school via distance learning at least some of that time.” from the State of California website.
If you haven’t received a card like this, you might be getting one in the mail in the next few months, so keep an eye out. If you have any more questions regarding P-EBT, please visit the link here.

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Leticia Chavez-Garcia

Leticia Chavez-Garcia

Leticia Chavez-Garcia is a Mother, Grandmother, former Middle School Teacher, former Member of a School Board of Education and an Education Advocate for hundreds of parents and students in the Inland Empire. Having become a mother at 15, Leticia knows what it’s like to be a single mother trying to navigate the education system. Leticia received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from California Baptist University and a Masters’ Degree in Education Technology from Cal State Fullerton in her 30’s. Leticia has used her knowledge and experience to help hundreds of families as an Education Advocate in the Inland Empire and currently works as an Education Specialist.

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