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All Richland One Students Qualify for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Benefit

 

The S.C. Department of Social Services (DSS) has announced that South Carolina has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement a Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program, providing a one-time benefit to help supplement family food costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged school closures.

 

As many as 467,000 K-12 students in South Carolina who qualify for free or reduced-price meals are expected to receive this benefit. All Richland One students, regardless of their household income, qualify for the P-EBT program because Richland One is a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) district.

 

Food purchasing with the P-EBT benefit is subject to the same restrictions as EBT cards issued for SNAP recipients and cards may be used at any store that accepts SNAP. Recipients will have one fully year to use the benefit before it expires and receipt of P-EBT does not preclude participation in summer feeding programs or other community-based food programs for children and families.

 

Please the information below for details on the P-EBT program.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What is Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)?

P-EBT is a one-time benefit to help supplement family food costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged school closures. 

 

Who is eligible for P-EBT?

Because Richland One is a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) district, all K-12 students who are enrolled in a Richland One school are eligible to receive P-EBT. The P-EBT card and food benefit cannot be transferred to anyone else or used by someone outside your household.

 

If my household already receives SNAP, how and when will the P-EBT benefit be issued?

Current SNAP households with child(ren) enrolled in a free or reduced-price meals program as of March 13, 2020 will receive their P-EBT benefit on their regular EBT card on July 7 OR on their normal monthly SNAP issuance date, whichever is later. For example, if your SNAP benefits are issued on the 3rd of the month, you will receive your SNAP allotment on July 3 and your P-EBT benefit on July 7. If your normal SNAP issuance date is the 14th, you will receive your regular SNAP allotment and your P-EBT benefit on July 14. No further action is required on your part to receive your P-EBT benefits.

 

If I am not a current SNAP recipient, how and when will I receive a P-EBT benefit?

For households attending a CEP school as of March 13, 2020, a P-EBT card will be mailed to the address on file with your child’s school district between July 20 and July 24. No further action is required on your part to receive your P-EBT benefit. SCDSS will provide a link on their website in the near future if the address on file is not your actual address. An address that has not been updated could delay your benefit.

 

What P-EBT benefit amount will I receive?

$330 for each child enrolled in Richland One

 

What if an eligible P-EBT household is not a SNAP recipient and does not want to participate in the P-EBT program?

If an eligible household receives a P-EBT card and does not want to participate in the program, the household should destroy the P-EBT card. The P-EBT card and food benefit cannot be transferred to anyone else or used by someone outside your household.

 

What should I do if I am eligible, but do not receive my P-EBT benefit?

Please allow the state to fully issue all P-EBT benefits by August 15, before inquiring about your benefit status. If you have not received your benefit by August 15, please email PEBTBenefits@dss.sc.gov. Please do not call your local DSS county office with questions about P-EBT.

 

Do P-EBT benefits replace summer feeding programs or other community feeding programs for children and families?

No, the P-EBT benefit is provided in addition to other meal programs; it does not replace them. Richland One's summer meals will continue to provide weekly meals through the end of July 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Mondays at the following sites: Carver-Lyon Elementary, Caughman Road Elementary, South Kilbourne Elementary, Hyatt Park Elementary, St. Andrews Middle School, Eau Claire High, Lower Richland High and Southeast Middle. Each location will distribute seven days’ worth of meals.