Alabama families eligible for pandemic EBT can expect to see additional benefits loaded onto their EBT cards over the next week or so.
The Alabama Department of Human Resources in June provided P-EBT benefits to about 470,000 children who were unable to enjoy free or reduced school meals due to the pandemic. These benefits covered missed meals from August to December 2020. From now on, eligible children will receive benefits from January to May 2021.
Upcoming P-EBT benefits will be added electronically to the EBT cards that eligible families have already received in June and July. Beneficiaries should keep their cards as additional benefits may be added in the future.
Children in Kindergarten and Kindergarten to Grade 12 are eligible for P-EBT if they lost access to meals from the National School Meals Program during the 2020-21 school year because their schools have closed or switched to virtual and hybrid learning models in response to the pandemic. Children who returned to in-person learning from January to May are not eligible for these benefits because they were present at school to receive their meals as part of the national school meals program. Eligibility is based on data from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE).
DHR oversees the distribution of P-EBT with assistance from ALSDE. The US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service administers the program at the federal level.
Alabama DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner said, “As our children grow up and reflect on the challenges of the pandemic, our hope is that they will not be weighed down by painful memories of childhood hunger. The P-EBT program certainly helped Alabama provide more food for children throughout this difficult time in history. ”
There is no demand for P-EBT; The ALSDE provided DHR with the names of children enrolled in the national school meals program, which qualifies a child for P-EBT.
A toll-free customer service hotline (1-800-410-5827) is available for questions related to P-EBT. Support specialists are available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Due to the high volume of calls, callers are encouraged to stay on the line if they experience wait times.