For the 2021-2022 school year, North Carolina’s youngest children who are eligible for food assistance will begin receiving additional monthly payments connected to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning next week.
North Carolina is one of the first states in the US to get USDA approval for a Child Care Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer food assistance program for the years 2021-2022.
The first batch of Child Care P-EBT payments will be distributed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services next week to almost 220,000 children who were eligible in September and October 2021.
These payments will be provided monthly until August, covering food requirements for children who were eligible between September 2021 and May 2022. Children who were 5 years old or younger on September 1, 2021, and participated in Food and Nutrition Services are eligible.
“The P-EBT program ensures that our youngest children have access to nutritious food that is critical to their growth, development, and well-being,” stated Susan Gale Perry, NCDHHS Chief Deputy Secretary. “These additional benefits will assist families in increasing their food budgets while also safeguarding the health and well-being of young children.”
Families are not required to take any action in order to get these extra benefits, and no application is required.
On their current FNS EBT cards, families may expect to get benefits.
They may also use the online eligibility flowchart on the NCDHHS website at www.ncdhhs.gov to see whether their children are qualified for this program. Families should also check that their postal addresses with their local county department of social services are up to date in order to receive reminders.
Additional rewards will be distributed on a monthly basis until August.
Child Care P-EBT recipients will receive a monthly benefit amount determined by NCDHHS based on USDA criteria.
The same amount will be given to all eligible children throughout the state; however, this amount may alter periodically. The benefit amount and timing for each Child Care P-EBT issue will be available on the NCDHHS P-EBT website.
Early in the epidemic, North Carolina was one of the first states to use P-EBT for children in K-12 schools and child care settings.
To far, the federally financed program has delivered over $1.76 billion in food to over 1.36 million children who are in danger of going hungry as a result of reduced school and child care center attendance due to pandemic-related conditions.
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For further information, go to the NCDHHS website and pick “Human Services” from the drop-down option under “Information For.”
North Carolinians may apply for FNS benefits online at https://epass.nc.gov or via their local county social services department. The Robeson County Department of Social Services may be contacted at 910-671-3500.