Announcements and News 2019-04-18T17:38:23+00:00

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2606, 2020

PEBT Most Frequently Asked Questions

June 26th, 2020|

Eligibility for PEBT was determined by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE). Student demographic information received during their last data collection was provided to MDHS by MDE in June 2020. The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) is working with public and private schools to issue Pandemic EBT (PEBT) benefits based on all of the following: The names of children who were attending public or private school, Receiving free or reduced-price meals, Whose schools were participating in the National School Lunch Program, and Whose school was closed for more than 5 consecutive days. If you are [...]

2306, 2020

MDHS announces additional benefits for July

June 23rd, 2020|

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, households currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be eligible for a supplemental benefit for July 2020.  Similar benefits were provided for certified SNAP households for the months of March, April, May, and June 2020. SNAP households that have been certified based on meeting income and resource requirements are eligible to receive the supplement benefits.  These households will receive benefit supplements up to the maximum benefit amount, based on household size.  For example, the maximum benefit for a 2-person household is $355.  A 2-person household authorized to receive $200 for May will receive an [...]

1206, 2020

USDA approves Mississippi for Online Food Purchase Program for SNAP recipients

June 12th, 2020|

(Jackson, Miss.) –Mississippians in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households will soon be able to make online food purchases using their benefits. The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) recently received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow online purchasing of food by SNAP households. The Food and Nutrition Service will administer the program. A start date for when online purchases can be made will be determined soon. This approval will allow Mississippi to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers. Currently, the only two approved retailers for Mississippi are Walmart [...]

506, 2020

USDA approves Mississippi to receive Pandemic-EBT benefits

June 5th, 2020|

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) and Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures. To prevent an additional burden on Mississippi families, no application is needed. Benefits will be issued to families with children receiving free and reduced lunch at school before school closed on March 19 due to the [...]

506, 2020

Pandemic EBT Guide

June 5th, 2020|

Together the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) and Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will provide Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and non-SNAP households for children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. Households are eligible for P-EBT because they: Include an eligible child or children, who if not for the closure of their school during a public health emergency designation and due to concerns about a COVID-19 outbreak, would receive free or reduced-price school meals under the Richard B. [...]

2705, 2020

MDHS announces additional benefits for June

May 27th, 2020|

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, households currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be eligible for a supplemental benefit for June 2020.  Similar benefits were provided for certified SNAP households for the months of March, April, and May 2020. SNAP households that have been certified based on meeting income and resource requirements are eligible to receive the supplement benefits.  These households will receive benefit supplements up to the maximum benefit amount, based on household size.  For example, the maximum benefit for a 2-person household is $355.  A 2-person household authorized to receive $200 for June will receive an additional [...]