DHHS has Received Federal Approval to Launch a Fourth Round of Pandemic Electronic Benefits

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For Immediate Release: 4/19/2022

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Persons with questions about P-EBT should contact 1-800-383-4278, option 5 or refer to the FAQ at https://dhhs.ne.gov/Documents/COVID-19-Pandemic-EBT-FAQ.pdf

 First Issuance Will Be On April 20

Lincoln – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has announced that Nebraska has been approved to disburse a fourth round of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits, with the first issuance taking place on April 20. P-EBT is a program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provides assistance to families of children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and impacted by COVID-related absences from school. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE), is overseeing the disbursement of benefits.

Four benefit issuances will be included in the fourth round of P-EBT with the first being April 20 and the last being August 16. Benefit amounts will be determined based on the number of COVID-19 related absences a student had per month.

Families who qualify for the fourth round of P-EBT, and already possess a P-EBT card, will have their benefits automatically loaded onto their P-EBT card if no changes have occurred. Families who do not currently possess a P-EBT card will have an all-white P-EBT card mailed to them. Students who missed 16 or more days will receive $121 per month, students who missed 6-15 days will receive $71 per month, and students who missed 1-5 days will receive $21 per month. Families with questions about their eligibility should contact their school; questions about the P-EBT program should be directed to dhhs.nebraskapebt@nebraska.gov.

Students are deemed eligible for P-EBT benefits if they had COVID-related absences during the 21-22 school year and their school district reported them as eligible to NDE. If a family believes their student had a COVID-related absence and they did not receive benefits, they may contact dhhs.nebraskapebt@nebraska.gov to request reconsideration.

Receiving P-EBT benefits will not affect a family's ability to receive other benefits, and benefits will be good for one year after receiving them. P-EBT benefits can be used to buy food at grocery stores and farmer's markets that accept SNAP EBT, and to purchase groceries online at Amazon, Aldi and Walmart.

Months of eligibility reported by NDEDates benefits issued to P-EBT cards1-5 days absent6-15 days absent16+ days absent
August – OctoberApril 20, 2022$21$71$121
November – JanuaryMay 19, 2022$21$71$121
February and MarchJune 16, 2022$21$71$121
April and MayAugust 16, 2022$21$71$121

*Issuance dates are subject to change. 

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