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Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program
Chris Kell
Friday, May 22, 2020

The Greenfield R-IV School District would like to pass along the following information from the Department of Social Services regarding the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer program (P-EBT)

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, families that qualify for free or reduced price meals at school may be eligible for a new one-time Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) of up to $302 per child (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12) to help cover the cost of meals students have eaten at home on days that schools have been closed. 

Students can receive P-EBT benefits even if they have been or continue to receive meals provided by the school district during the school closure. If your child was not previously eligible for free or reduced price meals, but you have now lost income, you may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits (review the P-EBT Eligibility Criteria document below).

The benefit is placed on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card families use to buy food. If you received Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, do not apply for these new/additional benefits. The full $302 will automatically be loaded to your existing EBT card. If you did not receive Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, you must apply for this benefit by June 30, 2020.

The most efficient way to apply is to submit your application online at EmergencyMealSurvey.com/MO. You will also likely experience a faster approval process. If you’re not able to apply online, there is a paper application available at https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/P-EBT-Application.pdf. The fillable PDF document can then be emailed or mailed to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). 

To request a paper application be mailed to you or made available to pick up, please contact Melissa Hull at 417-637-5321 ext: 1311.   If you have an email on file with the school district, an email with this information should have been sent to you earlier this week.  

The Department of Social Services (DSS) will send families a letter indicating they are approved or denied. If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature at mydss.mo.gov or call 855-373-4636. For more information on the EBT card, visit: mydss.mo.gov/food-assistance/ebt.

Do not send completed applications to the schoolIf you intend to mail the completed application, applications must be mailed to DESE Food and Nutrition Services, 205 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, Mo. 65102.