DHHS To Issue Child Care Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Funds

The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services has announced that Nebraska has been approved to disburse Child Care Pandemic Benefits Transfer Funds. Child Care P-EBT is a USDA program designed to provide cash benefits on an EBT card to purchase food. This was established in response to the COVID-19 emergency and its purpose is to provide benefits to children under the age of 6 participating in SNAP who lost access to food due to daycare closures or adjusted hours and attendance from October 2020 through May 2021.

Child Care P-EBT benefits will be issued based on the school’s status for the county in which the child resides. Families that receive SNAP with children under the age of 6 are eligible for P-EBT benefits if one or more schools in their county were closed or operated with reduced attendance or hours due to COVID-19. If the school was 100% distance or remote learning, families will receive $116 monthly for each child. If the school operated with reduced attendance or hours, families will receive $62 monthly for each child. A child may not receive 2020/2021 school year P-EBT funds and Child Care P-EBT funds for the same month.

Benefits will be issued every month through September 2021 to children determined eligible and the first issuance of Child Care P-EBT benefits will occur on June 24, 2021.

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