The Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) have announced the deployment of the benefits of the Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P -EBT) this week. Benefits are awarded to children who are entitled to free or reduced school meals, or who attend a community school of eligibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, children under the age of 6 are entitled to benefits under the Keiki food support program for children under 6 if they are receiving SNAP benefits at any time between June 1, 2021 and August 2, 2021.
Through rounds 1, 2 and 3 of P-EBT, and the Keiki food support program for children under 6, DHS provided over 111,000 eligible children with $ 184 million in food assistance.
What is the Summer P-EBT?
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) is food aid approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, and authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (PL 116-127) as amended. by the Permanent Appropriations Act 2021 and the Other Extensions Act (PL 116-159) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 (PL 116-260).
Who is it for?
Students who, on the last day of the 2020-2021 school year, meet one of the three conditions below:
â¢ Are enrolled (including high school students) for free or reduced-price school meals at a school participating in the National School Meals Program (NSLP) ORâ¦
â¢ Who are enrolled in a school that provides free meals to all students through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or other provision. For a list of CEP schools: www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/HealthAndNutrition/StudentHealthResources/Pages/CEP.aspx ORâ¦
â¢ Who request free or discounted school meals by August 2, 2021, and are determined eligible and enrolled for free or discounted school meals at a school that participates in the National School Meals Program (NSLP).
What about my child who is under 6 and is not enrolled in an NSLP school?
They are entitled to benefits under the Keiki food support program for children under 6 if they are receiving SNAP benefits anytime between June 1, 2021 and August 2, 2021. You can get information about children in this group here: http://humanservices.hawaii.gov/blog/keiki-under- 6-food-support-program /
Do families have to apply for P-EBT summer benefits?
No. There is NO REQUEST for P-EBT summer benefits. Eligible children are automatically enrolled in the P-EBT by verification according to their age:
- For students, the Department of Education (DOE) and charter and private schools participating in the NSLP verify that students are either enrolled for free or discounted school meals at a school that participates in the National School Meals Program. or they are enrolled in a school that provides free meals to all students through the community eligibility provision or some other provision.
- Children under the age of 6 are entitled to benefits from the Keiki food support program for children under 6 if they are receiving SNAP benefits at any time between June 1 and August 2, 2021.
Important information that will help families receive P-EBT summer benefits:
If your child is in need and is NOT enrolled in the Free and Discounted School Meals Program (and you want them to have the P-EBT benefits), apply through EZMealApp.com by August 2, 2021, if your child attends a DOE school. For children attending a charter or private school participating in the PNLP, contact your school.
How does this work?
- Eligible students will have their benefits issued to their own Hawai’i P-EBT account accessible via a Hawai’i P-EBT card (white card with black lettering) or Kokua EBT card.
- For newly eligible students who have not received the P-EBT for the 2020-21 school year, they will be mailed a Hawai’i P-EBT card.
- Families new to the program who receive a Hawai’i P-EBT card in the mail will receive a card in the name of each eligible student.
- For children under 6, eligible children will have their benefits paid into their family’s existing SNAP account and Kokua EBT.
What foods can P-EBT benefits buy?
- P-EBT benefits can be used to purchase food eligible for the SNAP program, such as groceries (including frozen), snacks, and seeds or plants that will produce food. You cannot use P-EBT benefits to purchase alcohol, tobacco products, vitamins, live animals, prepared foods, or non-food household items. For a list of foods eligible for the SNAP program, see www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items.
- Hawai’i P-EBT cards can also be used in the Da Bux program and at participating farmers’ markets.
How much will students / children receive for the summer benefit?
- Students / children will receive benefits of $ 438 per student / child to cover the summer period from June 1, 2021 to August 2, 2021.
- A letter, separate from the Hawai’i P-EBT card, will be mailed in early July 2021, informing you of the amount your student / child will receive for the summer.
When will the benefits be issued?
Summer P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Hawai’i P-EBT accounts, or SNAP EBT accounts, and will be available on the following dates:
Amount of the availability of services
July 7, 2021 $ 219
August 10, 2021 $ 219
To note: For students who request free or reduced-price meals after the end of the 2020-2021 school year and before August 2, 2021, and who are determined to be eligible and enrolled in free or reduced-price meals, the benefits of Summer P-EBT will be issued in the latter part of August 2021.
Do I or my child have to be a US citizen to receive P-EBT benefits?
No. These advantages are for all children who are either enrolled for free or discounted school meals or enrolled in a school that provides free meals to all students through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or other provision. The use of P-EBT benefits will NOT affect the immigration status of a parent or child.
Where can I check the status of my child’s P-EBT benefits?
Go to humanservices.hawaii.gov and click on the P-EBT status banner.
Where can I call if I have more questions or report changes, such as moving?
You can call the P-EBT Call Center at 1-888-975-PEBT (7328) or write to them by clicking the “Contact Us” button at pais-pebt.dhs.hawaii.gov. If a replacement card is needed, call Fidelity Information Service (FIS) customer service at 1-888-328-4292 and mention that you are requesting a replacement Hawai’i P-EBT or Kokua EBT card.
What if my card is lost or stolen?
If you need a replacement card (Kokua EBT or HawaiÊ»i P-EBT), call Fidelity Information Service (FIS) customer service at 1-888-328-4292 and mention that you are requesting a replacement card for an account. P-EBT (if you request a Hawai’i P-EBT card).
Where can I call if I have further questions (for example, where can I report a change of address)?
Contact the P-EBT Call Center at 1-888-975-PEBT (7328), or send an email to [emailÂ protected].