School delays and virtual learning environments 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 P-EBT for August and September through a program jointly offered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Stimulus provides a card families can use to buy food to replace free school breakfasts and lunches for students participating in virtual learning for five or more consecutive days. Enrollment is automatic for children eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals at schools participating in National School Lunch Program and for all students in Community Eligible Program schools.
For the months of August and September, eligible students will begin receiving P-EBT cards at the address provided by their school beginning in October through late November. Each child will receive a separate card. The benefit amount varies for each student.
More information on eligibility and program benefits can be found HERE.