Nearly 470,800 Louisiana children approved for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program


BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) — Nearly 470,800 eligible children signed up to receive benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program.

The online application closed Monday afternoon.

The program will make up for the free and reduced-price meals children missed when school facilities closed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

These one-time benefits, which total $285 per child, intend to cover 50 school days, from the onset of statewide school facility closures in March through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Parents who applied for free meals in May, after the P-EBT program was announced, will receive $91.20 per eligible child, which covers the cost of meals for 16 school days in May.

All families who successfully submitted an application, and therefore were approved, should receive their benefits by mail by the end of the month.

The exact timeline for receiving the benefits will vary depending on when the application was completed. Benefits began arriving last week for families who completed the application by May 25, and families who applied by June 1 were to begin receiving their cards over the weekend. Those who completed the application after May 25 but by June 8 should receive benefits by June 19. Those who applied after June 8 but by the extended June 15 deadline should receive P-EBT cards by June 26.

Click here for more information on the P-EBT program.

By: WDSU Digital Team

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