The third round of Pandemic EBT will arrive in late July for eligible families
The DSHS benefits program helps school-aged children who face food insecurity.
The Washington State Department of Health and Social Services (DSHS) recently announced that families in the state will soon have access to a third round of food assistance for children under 6 and for children in school age
Due to federal COVID-19 relief funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), families will have assistance buying groceries while children are at home during the summer of 2022.
P-EBTs, also known as Pandemic EBTs, are food benefits available to families with young children who qualify for Basic Food benefits, in addition to school-aged children who are eligible for meal programs free or reduced price schools. P-EBT benefits can be used at any grocery store, farmers market, and food retailer that accepts EBT card payments.
Families are expected to begin receiving benefits beginning in late July and continuing through the summer, according to DSHS, which noted that the first and second rounds of P-EBT benefits helped provide food security to more than 400,000 Washington children in the past two years. . Additionally, June census data show that nearly 1 in 10 Washington households reported not having enough food for their household in the past 7 days.
The P-EBT program for children under 6 is for eligible children under 6 who live in a household receiving Basic Food benefits, and can receive $43 for each month they received assistance from Basic Food from September 2021 to June 2022.
The 2022 Summer P-EBT program is for eligible children under the age of 6, as well as school-aged children, who will receive a one-time payment of $391 per child to cover the July summer period in August 2022.
School-age children who were enrolled in public K-12 schools in Washington State through June 2022 and who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals are eligible for P-EBT benefits summer 2022. Children under the age of 6 will receive the benefits of this plan, as long as they receive Basic Food assistance during the months of July and August.
DSHS states that the P-EBT program for children under 6 and the 2022 summer P-EBT program are separate benefit programs from a 2021-2022 school year P-EBT program, which has not yet been USDA approved at this time.
To receive P-EBT benefits, families must complete the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program application through their school districtor apply and be approved for Basic Food Assistance by August 31, 2022. Families can also sign up to receive text message alerts about their child’s P-EBT status filling a simple verification form.
P-EBT benefits do not replace existing food assistance programs already offered, including free summer meals and meals provided at daycare centers. Click here for more information about the P-EBT benefit program.