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Pandemic EBT Benefit Now Available
Pandemic EBT Benefit Now Available
Holly Hartley
Friday, May 15, 2020

Maine's Department of Health and Human Services has received approval from Food and Nutrition Services to partner with the Maine Department of Education to provide a Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefit to school-aged children who normally receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch at Maine schools. This benefit will help to replace the value of school meals while students are learning remotely. Families currently receiving SNAP or TANF and have a child aged five through eighteen will receive a P-EBT benefit on their Pine Tree card in May. Families who are not receiving SNAP or TANF and have a child who is eligible for free or reduced school lunch can request the P-EBT benefit by calling 1-855-797-4357. Some household information will be requested by a phone agent who will then verify eligibility with the Maine Department of Education.

Families who have not yet been found eligible for free or reduced lunch can apply through their local school district at www.myschoolapps.com.   Separate P-EBT cards will be issued for eligible families who do not already have a Pine Tree card.

If you have questions about your child’s free or reduced lunch status, please call the Sanford School Nutrition Office at (207) 608 8762.