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New Benefit: Pandemic EBT
May 11, 2020
Over the next few weeks, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) will be issuing a one-time benefit to help families with children between the ages of 5 and 18 who received free or reduced-price lunch during the 2019-2020 school year to help pay for food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through the Pandemic EBT benefit, families will receive up to $291 per child in addition to any other services they are receiving and may only be used to purchase food items.
How will families receive their P-EBT benefits?
Most families recently or currently participating in food assistance (SNAP), child care assistance (subsidy), or cash assistance (TANF) programs will automatically receive their Pandemic EBT benefit on their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card.
Families that are not actively participating in these programs but whose children receive free or reduced-price meals will be mailed a Kansas Benefits Card in the next few weeks with the benefit pre-loaded on the card. If these families do not receive a Kansas Benefits Card by June 5th, they may need to provide additional information to DCF. These families should watch for a confidential weblink provided by their school district.
How to use it?
The card functions similar to a debit card and can be used to purchase only eligible food items at EBT authorized retailers. Non-food items may not be purchased with this card.
For any additional questions, call 1-888-369-4777.
For a printable brochure, click here.