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All Wayne County School Students eligible for new P-EBT food benefit program

Food Service Director Kathryn Tucker

School closures due to the COVID-19 state of emergency led to the loss of free and reduced-price school meals for many Kentucky children. These children now can receive help from a program jointly offered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Kentucky Department of Education.

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program provides a benefits card families can use to buy food to replace free school breakfast and lunch while schools are closed. Program enrollment is automatic for children already receiving SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), TANF, Kinship Care and Medicaid.

Households with children not enrolled in these assistance programs must apply for P-EBT benefits at benefind.ky.gov . Applications will be taken from June 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020. More information can be found in the Kentucky Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Wayne County Food Service Director Kathryn Tucker wants to make sure Wayne County school families area aware of this new program. She has provided answers to some of parents or guardians P-EBT questions:

·         We are a Community Eligibility Provisions (CEP) school which means all of our students receive free Breakfast and Lunch. All of our students qualify for the program.

·         If you are denied likely it is because you already receive or are designated as SNAP, Medicaid, TANF, Migrant, Foster/Kinship. You are automatically enrolled and will receive a card in the mail. If you try to re-apply that application will be denied. You will still receive it from the automatic enrollment. If you have SNAP it will just be added to your card.

·         If you do not receive one of those benefits all you have to do is apply at https://benefind.ky.gov/

·         The P-EBT will look like the card in the picture attached below.

·         It is not a SNAP card. This money has been set aside for all students at CEP schools and other students that qualify.

·         The social security number is optional on the application. The Student School ID (SSID) is the ID you get from the report card or infinite campus. That is required as well as the Date of Birth and full name.

·         For divorced parents it is recommended for parents to work out who will request the money. If one parent requests, when the other parent requests they will be denied.

·         If you receive a Pending status that means there was something different on the demographic information on Infinite Campus compared to your application. The state will review to verify that is the correct student and then most likely approve.

·         Make sure you use the proper address. It is unlikely the information can be changed after the fact.

·         Families will only receive 1 card for all the children in their family.

·         If Preschool students at Wayne County have a district ID, they will qualify for the P-EBT card.

·         If you sign up you will not take away from anyone else. The money is there to help parents of school age children as well as help the economy.

·         A list of allowable purchases and items you can't purchase with the card is available.

·         The flyer with information on how to apply is also below.

·         If you choose to sign up for this benefit you are also encouraged to continue to pick up meals from the Summer Feeding program to help the money spread out over the summer.

P-EBT Food Benefit Program for students

 

What can the money be used to buy?

What can the money NOT be used to buy?

DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES

DCBS COVID-19 Resources and Information

On this page you’ll find information and links to resources related to DCBS agency response to COVID-19 and its impact on our programs, services and the people we serve.

DCBS wants to thank clients and partners for their patience as we continue to serve families in a manner that keeps staff and customers safe.

General Information

Drive-thru testing locations and schedules

CHFS Office Closures

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Family Support

New  The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program

School closures due to the COVID-19 state of emergency led to the loss of free and reduced-price school meals for many Kentucky children. These children now can receive help from a program jointly offered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Kentucky Department of Education.

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program provides a benefits card families can use to buy food to replace free school breakfast and lunch while schools are closed. Program enrollment is automatic for children already receiving SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), TANF, Kinship Care and Medicaid.

Households with children not enrolled in these assistance programs must apply for P-EBT benefits at benefind.ky.gov . Applications will be taken from June 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020. More information can be found in the Kentucky Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

P-EBT Eligibility Requirements:

  • Children who attend public or private school and are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals
  • Children who attend schools that provide free meals to all students

SNAP Online Purchasing

DCBS announced that families eligible for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) can purchase groceries online at some retailers

 

Family Support Office Hours

Our DCBS county Family Support offices have limited most in-person services in response to COVID-19. DCBS will continue to serve clients in several ways:

Online at the Benefind website
Phone: (855) 306-8959

In addition to regular hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, Call Service lines will be open to assist clients with Medicaid, SNAP and other public assistance benefits from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern time on Saturdays beginning March 28, 2020.

Family Support Documentation

Clients can drop off documentation at their local office or use the statewide email inbox to assist with returning information for benefit application.

Individuals can submit clear, black and white pictures of requested documents and email. Please include the case name and case number, if available, in the email.

Read more: Guidance for Limiting In-person Services at Family Support Offices

Child Care

New Kentucky Child Care Reopening Guidelines

On June 8, 2020, all Type II, certified and registered providers may reopen and on June 15, 2020, all center-based licensed child care programs and day camps may reopen. Reopening is subject to Healthy At Work minimum requirements and Requirements for Childcare Programs.

Reopening Child Care FAQs





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