Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) 2021-10-26T15:08:01+00:00

Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT)

School year 2020-21

Why isn’t my child’s card working?

Children who have an apostrophe in their name had their card deactivated by mistake on 10/25. New cards with all remaining benefits on them have already been mailed to these children.

Some ineligible students mistakenly received P-EBT cards due to a data submission error. Cards for ineligible students are frozen and will remain frozen.

When should I call the hotline?

You should call 1-833-316-2423 when...

Your family moved after June 2021 and you need to request an address change.

You have tried multiple times to PIN your child’s card and it hasn’t worked.

You’d like to check your child’s eligibility for P-EBT benefits.

Find out if your child qualifies and how much they might receive

Frequently Asked Questions

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SUMMER P-EBT 2021

Children who were enrolled in grades Pre-K through 12 and were eligible for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program in their school during the 2020-21 school year are eligible for Summer P-EBT.

Even if your child’s school was in-person full-time for the 2020-2021 school year, your child may still be eligible for Summer P-EBT benefits.

P-EBT for School Year 2020-21

Your child’s eligibility for P-EBT benefits will be determined for each month of the 2020-21 school year (August 2020-May 2021).

Your child must meet ALL 3 of the following requirements to be eligible for P-EBT benefits for that month of the school year:

  1. Your child was enrolled in a school that had reduced attendance for at least 5 consecutive days during the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Reduced attendance includes: reduced hours, reduced student attendance, a delayed start to the 2020-21 school year, or was closed.

AND

  1. Your child was enrolled in a school where the majority of students (51%+) participated in virtual learning (learning from home) or hybrid learning (partially at home, partially at school) during the month.

AND

  1. Your child was eligible for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program in their school during the 2020-21 school year.

Please note that if your child’s school was in-person full-time for the 2020-2021 school year, your child is not eligible for P-EBT benefits. However, they may be eligible for future P-EBT benefits if MDHS receives federal authorization to issue them.  So, ensure your school district has your current mailing address.

Here is an example of how this would work for a sample school for two months: 

  • School A delayed opening from August 17 to August 24.
  • School A had 51% of students learning virtually in August 2020. All children at School A who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch will receive P-EBT benefits for the month of August, regardless of whether the child attended school in person or virtually that month.
  • School A had 20% of students learning virtually in September 2020. No children in the school will receive P-EBT for September.

To activate your child’s card, you will need to call 1-866-512-5087 and follow the prompts.

You will set a PIN for the card when you activate it.  Keep this PIN safe and do not write the PIN on the P-EBT card itself. Do not tell your PIN to anyone and keep your card secure.

MDHS and MDE are working diligently to send out P-EBT funds in a timely manner.

Based on current projections from our card manufacturer, we estimate that P-EBT benefit cards will be mailed between late September and late October based on the following payment schedule:

· Payment One: Summer 2021 P-EBT benefits

· Payment Two: School Year 2020-21 P-EBT benefits

Your child’s funds will be available when the card is received. You will need to activate your child’s card before using it. Call 1-866-512-5087 to activate your child’s card.

SUMMER P-EBT 2021

Each eligible child will receive a one-time payment of $375 for Summer 2021 benefits.

P-EBT for School Year 2020-21

MDHS will issue 2020-21 school year P-EBT benefits through one payment. All the benefits your child is entitled to from the 2020-21 school year will be included in this payment.

Benefits will be calculated for each month of the 2020-21 school year based on the mode of learning used by the majority of students in your child’s school during that month.

a. If your child was enrolled in a school where a majority of the student body was attending based on a fully virtual learning schedule during that month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your child will receive $122.76 for that month.

b. If your child was enrolled in a school where a majority of the student body was attending based on a hybrid learning schedule (some in-person, some virtual) during that month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will receive $61.38 for that month.

c. If your child was enrolled in a school with a majority in-person learning schedule during that month, your child will NOT receive any benefits for that month.

For example:

If an eligible child attended a school where:

· the majority of students were on a fully-virtual schedule during August 2020 and September 2020 (2 months),

· the majority of students attended based on a hybrid-schedule during October 2020 (1 month),

· And the school returned to majority in-person attendance in November 2020 through the end of the school year

the child would receive one payment of 2020-21 school year benefits of $306.90 which includes $122.76 for August, $122.76 for September, and $61.38 for October.

  • Each school district has submitted a survey about whether the majority of students in each of their schools was on a virtual, hybrid, or majority in-person schedule during each month of the 2020-21 school year.
  • MDHS also received a list of Free/Reduced Price lunch eligible students from the Mississippi Department of Education and eligible private schools.
  • Eligible students were matched to their school, and the benefit amount for each month was determined using this information.

Your child’s P-EBT card will be sent to the address on file with the school your child attended during the 2020-21 school year. Please call the P-EBT Call Center at 1-833-316-2423 if you are not sure what address is on file.

Each eligible child in your household, including SNAP recipient households, will receive a new P-EBT card with the child’s name on it. This will be mailed to the address on file with the school your child attended during the 2020-21 school year.

If your child is eligible for Summer 2021 and School Year 2020-21 benefits, both of those payments will be loaded onto that same card. Keep your child’s P-EBT card until MDHS announces that the P-EBT program has ended.

P-EBT benefits WILL NOT be added to the EBT cards of SNAP participants.

Please consult the list below from the USDA:

P-EBT funds can purchase any food for the household, such as:

  • Fruits and vegetables;
  • Meat, poultry, and fish;
  • Dairy products;
  • Breads and cereals;
  • Other foods such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages; and
  • Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat.

Households CANNOT use P-EBT benefits to buy:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
  • Vitamins, medicines, and supplements. If an item has a Supplement Facts label, it is considered a supplement and is not eligible for SNAP purchase.
  • Live animals (except shellfish, fish removed from water, and animals slaughtered prior to pick-up from the store).
  • Foods that are hot at the point of sale
  • Any nonfood items such as:
  • Pet foods
  • Cleaning supplies, paper products, and other household supplies.
  • Hygiene items, cosmetics

These are the same guidelines that apply to SNAP benefits.

SUMMER P-EBT 2021

Each eligible child will receive a one-time payment for Summer P-EBT.

P-EBT for School Year 2020-21

MDHS will issue 2020-21 school year P-EBT benefits through a single payment that includes benefits for each month that your child is eligible to receive benefits.

Benefits will be calculated for each month of the 2020-21 school year based on the predominant mode of learning that was used by your child’s school during that month.

  • If your child was enrolled in a school where the majority of students attended virtually or on a hybrid schedule, eligible students will receive P-EBT benefits for that month.
  • If your child was enrolled in a school where the majority of students attended in-person during that month, your child will NOT receive any benefits for that month.

P-EBT benefits do not have to be spent immediately. P-EBT benefits will expire after a minimum of 12 months of inactivity on the card. Using your P-EBT card at least once every 365 days will prevent your P-EBT benefits from being taken back.

This means that if you receive a P-EBT payment on October 15, 2021 you have until at least October 14, 2022 to spend those funds.

P-EBT payments are non-transferable and may only be used by your household. If you do not want to spend your child’s P-EBT money, please shred your child’s card and dispose of it. The unspent money will be reclaimed.

If a majority of students at your child’s school had a schedule that was a mix of in-person attendance and virtual attendance that month, the school was operating a “hybrid” schedule.

If a majority of students at your child’s school had a schedule where they did not attend school in-person at all that month (only online from another location), the school was operating a “virtual” schedule

Temporary school absences due to quarantining or illness do not qualify your child for P-EBT if their school was operating an in-person schedule.

The number and amount of payments your qualified child will receive will depend on the number of months that your child’s school operated a virtual schedule ($122.76 per month), a hybrid schedule ($61.38 per month), and an in-person schedule ($0 per month).

For example:

If a child attended a school that had reduced attendance for at least 5 consecutive days and:

  • the majority of students were on a fully-virtual schedule during August 2020 and September 2020 (2 months)
  • the majority of students attended based on a hybrid-schedule during October 2020 (1 month)
  • And the school returned to majority in-person attendance beginning November 2020 through the end of the school year

the child would receive two payments of $122.76 (one for August and one for September) and one payment of $61.38 (for October).

Yes, since the benefit amount for an eligible student will be determined for each individual month and is based on whether the majority of students in your child’s school were attending on a virtual, hybrid, or in-person basis, students may receive different amounts for different months as their school’s schedule changed throughout the 2020-21 school year

Summer 2021 benefits will be issued first in a single payment to children eligible to receive those benefits.

MDHS will then issue 2020-21 school year P-EBT benefits through a single payment that includes benefits for each month that your child is eligible to receive benefits.

The amount of the 2020-21 school year P-EBT payments your qualified child will receive will depend on the number of months that your child’s school operated a virtual schedule ($122.76 per month), a hybrid schedule ($61.38 per month), and an in-person schedule ($0 per month).

For example:

If a child attended a school that had reduced attendance for at least 5 consecutive days and:

· the majority of students were on a fully-virtual schedule during August 2020 and September 2020 (2 months)

· the majority of students attended based on a hybrid-schedule during October 2020 (1 month)

· And the school returned to majority in-person attendance beginning November 2020 through the end of the school year

the child would receive one payment of $306.90 which includes $122.76 for August, $122.76 for September, and $61.38 for October.

We are issuing benefits based on data provided by the Mississippi Department of Education. The student will be issued benefits based on the school schedule for the school listed for that student in MDE records.

The P-EBT card will look like the image below. Please open all of your mail. Last year some people threw away their child’s P-EBT card thinking it was junk mail.

No. Mississippi was only approved to offer P-EBT benefits to students in participating public schools and private schools.

No. Mississippi was only approved to offer P-EBT benefits to students in participating public schools and private schools.

No. Mississippi was only approved to offer P-EBT benefits to students in participating public schools and private schools.

Yes. Each child will get a separate card with their name on it.

Yes. You should keep your card until MDHS announces that the P-EBT program has ended.

The parent or guardian listed in the Mississippi Department of Education records provided to MDHS will receive the funds.

No. If a school operated a fully in-person schedule, no child enrolled in that school will receive P-EBT benefits for that month.

Eligibility will be determined for each of your children based on the school they attended and whether they were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

For example, if you have two children and:

  • Child 1 attended a school that was majority virtual in August 2020
  • Child 2 attended a school that was in-person in August 2020
  • Child 1 would receive $122.76 in P-EBT benefits for August (fully virtual amount)
  • Child 2 would receive no P-EBT benefits for August

If you believe your child was eligible for P-EBT, please check the eligibility guidelines. If the child meets the eligibility guidelines and has not received a P-EBT card, please call the P-EBT hotline number to inquire about your child’s benefits: 1-833-316-2423.

Please call 1-833-316-2423 between the hours of 10:00am and 7:00pm, Monday-Friday.

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