Applications for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program are due by Monday, June 8, and families are urged to apply for the federal assistance.

Under the P-EBT program, families of children in pre-K through 12th grade who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school may get financial assistance to replace missed meals. This includes children who attend a Community Eligibility Provision school, at which all children receive free and reduced-price meals regardless of income.

These benefits, which total $285 per child, intend to cover 50 school days, from the onset of statewide school facility closures through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.

The short electronic application is now available on the Louisiana Department of Education’s website:

Once families complete an application in the portal, the computer system will notify them of their successful submission.Upon verification, DCFS will then mail the household a P-EBT debit card loaded with $285 per child.

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