SALEM, Oregon (KTVZ) – The Oregon Department of Human Services will begin dispensing Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food services on Thursday, July 22nd.
P-EBT provides grocery services to families whose children have not had access to the free or discounted meals normally offered in schools or daycare centers. Oregon was approved to provide retrospective food benefits to eligible students for the 2020-21 school year.
P-EBT food benefits can be used to purchase food anywhere that EBT is accepted.
Two ways children can get P-EBT
Children who receive P-EBT will receive a letter informing them of their performance and the P-EBT case ID number.
There are two ways that children can receive benefits:
- If the child’s household is currently in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), their P-EBT benefits will be credited to the household’s SNAP account.
- Those who do not participate in SNAP will receive a P-EBT card in the mail to the address on file with the school. P-EBT cards look different from the Oregon Trail Cards issued to SNAP households.
P-EBT cards and services will be issued to students from July 22nd to July 29th.
P-EBT teams are mailed to families from a return address in South Dakota.
For families expecting P-EBT, it is important to open all post with a return address from South Dakota immediately upon receipt.
P-EBT benefits are also granted in August and September according to the same schedule as in July.
ODHS and ODE share responsibility for ensuring that children across Oregon receive P-EBT food benefits. ODE works with school districts across Oregon to determine eligibility, and ODHS issues benefits on Electronic Achievement Transfer (EBT) cards.
P-EBT is not a substitute for any existing child nutrition program, and families are encouraged to continue participating in take-away meals or emergency feeding programs at their local schools and community locations.
P-EBT is segregated from SNAP benefits, including emergency grants, which are also issued due to the effects of COVID-19. P-EBT services are not taken into account in a public fee test.
More information about P-EBT can be found at pebt.oregon.gov
Resources to meet basic needs
SNAP is managed by ODHS and is a federal program that provides food to approximately 1 million eligible families and low-income individuals in Oregon, including many older adults and people with disabilities. Oregonians in need can claim benefits such as SNAP, childcare, cash benefits, and Medicaid. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. For local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 or contact the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC or 1-855- 673-2372.
Via the Oregon Department of Education
The Oregon Department of Education promotes equal opportunity and excellence for every learner through working with educators, partners, and communities. ODE oversees the education of over 560,000 students in Oregon’s K-12 public education system. Although ODE does not operate directly in the classroom and provide services, the agency (along with the State Board) focuses on helping districts achieve both local and statewide goals and priorities through strategies such as:
- Development of guidelines and standards
- Providing accurate and timely data for briefing
- Training teachers to use data effectively
- Effective management of numerous state and federal grants
- Exchange and support the districts in the implementation of best practices