DHHS to Distribute P-EBT Benefits This Week

News Release
For Immediate Release: 5/16/2023

Contact (media only):
Jeff Powell, (402) 471-6223

Non-members of the media with questions about SNAP or P-EBT please contact 1-800-383-4278 or email DHHS.NebraskaPEBT@Nebraska.Gov

Lincoln – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Children and Family Services (CFS), Economic Assistance (EA) will be issuing Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to Nebraska households with school-age children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and children in child care during the 2022-2023 school year period.

P-EBT is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program designed to provide cash benefits on an EBT card to purchase food. Three P-EBT payments are available to children and families who qualify. The benefits are:

2022-2023 Children in Child Care P-EBT: Nebraska families are eligible for Children in Care P-EBT if:

  • All children under age six who are members of SNAP households from August 1, 2022 – May 11, 2023, are eligible to receive Children in Care P-EBT. A child may not receive the 2022-2023 school year P-EBT and Children in Care P-EBT for the same month. 
  • Eligible children will receive $21 monthly for the fall semester (August 2022 – December 2022). The amount for the spring semester will be determined at a later date.

The issuance dates for Children in Child Care P-EBT are May 17, 2023, and July 20, 2023.

2023 Summer P-EBT: Nebraska families are eligible for 2023 Summer P-EBT if:

  • SNAP and non-SNAP school-age children are eligible for 2023 Summer P-EBT benefits if they were approved for free or reduced-price meals for the last month of school, May 2023. 
  • Eligible children will receive a one-time payment of $120 for the 2023 summer period.

The issuance dates for 2023 Summer P-EBT are September 12, 2023, and September 14, 2023.

2022-2023 School Children P-EBT: Nebraska families are eligible for School Children P-EBT benefits if:

  • Students have been determined eligible for free or reduced-price school meals by application or directly certified through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Medicaid eligibility for the 2022-2023 school year; 
  • Students attend a school that has met the criteria for P-EBT eligibility by having a COVID-19 related absence, closure, or reduced attendance or hours for at least five consecutive days; and, 
  • Students with an eligible COVID-19 absence from school and can provide verification if needed. 
  • Eligible children will receive $25 monthly for one to five absent days, $82 monthly for six to 15 absent days, or $139 monthly for 16 or more absent days. 

Students who enrolled in a fully virtual learning environment/academy or became homeschooled as of January 27, 2020, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and qualify for free or reduced-priced meals as though they were still attending an NSLP participating school are eligible for 2022-2023 P-EBT benefits. Families with students attending a fully virtual learning environment/academy or homeschool must complete an application to determine their P-EBT eligibility. Applications must be submitted by June 22, 2023.

  • Eligible children will receive $139 monthly from August through April and $74 for May.

The issuance dates for School Children P-EBT are June 22, 2023, and August 15, 2023.

The issuance date for fully virtual and homeschooled P-EBT is August 15, 2023.

Families with questions about P-EBT can contact DHHS.NebraskaPEBT@nebraska.gov or call 1-800-383-4278. Please include the following information in the email: the parent's name, Master Case Number, address, email address, phone number, child's name, and child's date of birth.

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