FSSA recently announced that families whose children receive free or reduced-cost meals at school will receive “Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer” (EBT) benefits. Families who do not currently receive SNAP will receive an electronic benefits transfer card in the mail by the end of May, along with instructions on how to activate and use their card. Some local recipients are reporting that they have received their cards. If you receive a card in a white envelope, do not throw it away.
Families do not have to apply for Pandemic EBT, also called “P-EBT.” The P-EBT card works like a bank debit card and can be used at any store in the United States that accepts SNAP, but cannot be used for cash withdrawals at ATM machines. FSSA worked with the Indiana Department of Education to identify these families based upon their child already receiving free and reduced-cost meals at school.