BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) announced Thursday that families of children ages zero to five can now receive Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits.

Children under six in households with an active SNAP case in any eligible month from August 2021 through July 2022 are eligible for Child Care P-EBT benefits. The child must have lived in or attended child care in an area where one or more schools or child care facilities were closed or operating with reduced attendance or hours, according to DCFS.

Eligible families will receive:

  • $22.45 per eligible month between August through December 2021
  • $27.14 per eligible month between January through May 2022
  • $195 for June 2022 and $196 for July 2022

Under new federal rules, the benefits will be removed from a recipient’s EBT card nine months after the benefits are issued unless the card is used to make a purchase within the nine-month period. 

DCFS says any child who received P-EBT benefits for any month during the 2021 to 2022 school year is not eligible for Child Care P-EBT benefits because they may have already received benefits for the designated time period.

Benefits for the Child Care P-EBT program will be issued later this year.