May 19, 2020

Pandemic EBT available to New Orleans families

Pandemic-EBT Available For Students Receiving Free or Reduced-Price School Meals. $285 per child makes up for the cost of breakfast and lunch they missed at school during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Amid the ongoing public health crisis, Louisiana has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide extra help buying groceries for the families of the more than 600,000 children who normally receive free and reduced-price meals at school.

Eligible families who complete an online application will be issued a P-EBT debit card by Louisiana DCFS to access benefits. The P-EBT card will function like a standard EBT card, and the same guidelines will apply.

Families will receive $285 in total P-EBT benefits per child. Unused benefits will roll over month to month and must be used within 365 days.

Application can be found here. 

Eligibility requirements and FAQ

If you or your organization would like paper copies of the flier provided by Department of Education, please let us know. We are happy to provide these to you. 




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Senator Kennedy: 202-224-4623

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