Tennessee Begins Distribution of P-EBT – Claiborne Progress

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The Tennessee Department of Social Services announces three new developments with the administration of the Electronic Pandemic Benefits Program.

Distribution of P-EBT benefits covering the 2021/2022 school year will begin July 30, 2022. P-EBT eligibility is based on National School Lunch Program qualification and COVID-19-related school attendance. P-EBT benefits are available to children who are eligible to receive free meals through the National School Meals Program or attend a Community Eligibility Program, Provision 2 or 3 school, attended a school that has experienced a five consecutive day closure or reduction in hours or had a COVID-19 related absence reported to their school during the 2021/2022 school year.

Children are automatically enrolled in P-EBT for the 2021/2022 school year based on records provided by Tennessee schools regarding excused absences and COVID-19 related closures. No application is required.

Eligible children will receive approximately $7.10 per day of excused absence related to COVID-19. The total amount of P-EBT benefits will vary for each eligible child.

If the child already has an active P-EBT card, the benefits will be added to that card. If a new P-EBT card is needed, visit www.connectebt.com or call 1 (888) 997-9444. If the child has not received P-EBT before, a new EBT card will be mailed to them.

Parents can log into the P-EBT Parent Portal at https://onedhs.tn.gov/parent to view P-EBT benefits, link their child(ren), verify or change address and sign up to receive SMS notifications.

Parents who believe their child’s P-EBT benefits for the 2021/2022 school year do not reflect the number of school meals missed due to COVID-19 related school closures or excused absences during 2021/2022 school year can submit a reconsideration request through the P-EBT Parent Portal at https://onedhs.tn.gov/parent. Applications must be made between July 22, 2022 and August 29, 2022. If approved, reconsideration benefits will be issued in September 2022. To learn more about the reconsideration process, visit: https://www.tn .gov/humanservices/p-ebt/school-year-2021-22-p-ebt-reconsideration-process.html.

The P-EBT is administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE). Both departments have been instrumental in developing P-EBT plans and taking the necessary steps to identify eligible children and distribute benefits.

The Child Care P-EBT program provides financial assistance to cover meals for children aged 6 and under, living in households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and who may have missed meals due to due to interruptions in childcare caused by COVID-19. To be eligible for P-EBT child care, children must be six years of age or younger and live in a household currently receiving SNAP food assistance benefits.

P-EBT benefits for child care were issued in a single lump sum payment on July 28, 2022 to the household’s existing SNAP EBT card. The amount of P-EBT child care benefits will vary for each eligible child and household depending on the age of the child and the number of months during the period from August 2021 to May 2022 during which the family received SNAP benefits.

For more information, visit: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/humanservices/p-ebt.html.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provide the Secretary of Agriculture with the authority to approve plans by state agencies to administer P-EBT. Approved public agencies may operate the P-EBT when a school is closed or has operated with reduced attendance or hours for at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency designation while the school would otherwise be in session .


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