Did you ever receive the P-EBT card?  Many families across the Tri-state received two stimulus P-EBT payments and a third is coming.  Here's what we know.

A lot of schools have voted to return to in-person learning by the end of March.  However, many families will continue the hybrid model of virtual learning through the end of the school year.

The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Stimulus (P-EBT) for short was meant to help families who had children learning virtually due to COVID-19.  The program is offered through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

This card gives families the opportunity to purchase food that will help to replace or replenish the food used in their homes while the kids have been learning virtually.

Those kids that are eligible to receive the cards are those that qualify for free or reduced meals at school or the children who attend a school that is involved with the National School Lunch Program.  For example, all Owensboro Public School students are part of the National School Lunch/Breakfast programs so all students no matter of income status.  Any student learning publicly or privately is eligible.

The next round covers October 2020 through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.   Families who have already received benefits do not have to do anything.  The funds will be placed on your cards by the end of March.  If your family receives SNAP benefits the funds will be put on the head of the household card.

When you get your card all you have to do is call 1-888-979-9949 and set up your 4-digit pin.  They suggest using the last four digits of your social security number but I chose a different pin for each of my children.  You will also need the date of birth and zip code of each child who received a card  Once you activate your card you are free to use it anywhere that accepts EBT.  You can also download the ebtEDGE app.  The app allows you to check your balance from your phone.  You must know the balance of the card each time you use it.

Here is a list of items you can and cannot purchase according to Cabinet for Family & Health Services;

Fruits and vegetables
Meat, poultry, fishDairy products
Breads and cereals
Snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages
Seeds and plants which produce food for the child to eat

Households may not use P-EBT benefits to buy:
Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, tobacco
Vitamins, medicines, supplements Items with a supplement facts label are considered supplements and not eligible for P-EBT purchase.
Live animals (except shellfish, fish removed from water and animals slaughtered prior to pick-up from the store).
Prepared foods fit for immediate consumption
Hot foods
Nonfood items such as:
Pet foods
Cleaning supplies, paper products and other household supplies.
Hygiene items, cosmetics


If you need a replacement card, you can call 1-888-979-9949.

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