• Pandemic-EBT

     

    Why didn't I get an email, my child is free?

    Currently the district is in the process of distributing emails and letters to all households that have students that meet the criteria set by USDA, as required. Some households, while eligible for the Pandemic-EBT, didn't get an email or letter; this has caused confusion.  If you currently have an EBT card, you would not have received an email.  The email/letter process is an effort to get those that don't currently have an EBT card registered for one.  The Pandemic-EBT will be loaded onto EBT cards.  If you already have an EBT card, you will not need to register.  If you currently do not have an EBT card but had free or reduced meal status and have not received an email or letter by 5/22/20, please contact NSEligibility@usd259.net or 316-973-2160.

     

    The questions and answers below are a few from the DCF Pandemic-EBT webpage.  

     

    What is P-EBT? 
    Pandemic EBT is a new program that gives families with school children a Kansas Benefits Card to purchase food. The Kansas Benefits card will function like a debit card, and the same guidelines will apply. Go here​ for a list of eligible foods. 
     
    Am I eligible for P-EBT?
    You are eligible if your child would receive free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. This includes a child who attends a school that offers free school meals to all students. These households are eligible to receive a benefit to help them buy food for their children. 
     
    Do families need to apply for the P-EBT program? 
    Children who received free or reduced-price school meals are eligible to receive P-EBT. Families that already participate in Food Assistance, Child Care, TANF (cash assistance) or Medicaid do not need to apply. This benefit will automatically be added to your Kansas Benefits Card (or you will be mailed a Kansas Benefits Card if only on Medicaid).    For households not participating in Food Assistance, Child Care, TANF (cash assistance) or Medicaid but receive free or reduced-price meals if you have not received your benefit by June 5th you need to provide additional information to DCF. To provide additional information for this benefit you will go to a confidential web link provided to you by your school district. This confidential link is for your household only and not to be shared with others. If you have questions, call DCF 1-888-369-4777. 
    How and when will I receive the benefits? 
    There are two categories of ways people will receive benefits: 
    • P-EBT families actively receiving or have received Food Assistance, Child Care, TANF (cash assistance) or Medicaid benefits during the 2019-2020 school year will receive an additional benefit on their existing EBT card in the next few weeks. If on Medicaid only you will be mailed a Kansas Benefits Card)
    • P-EBT families not actively receiving Food Assistance, Child Care, TANF (cash assistance) or Medicaid but receive free or reduced-price meals will be mailed a Kansas Benefits Card with benefits pre-loaded in the next few weeks. 
    • If you receive free or reduced-price meals and have not received a Kansas Benefits Card by June 5th you need to provide additional information to DCF. You will be sent a confidential link from your school district. 
    P-EBT benefits will be issued to families in a lump sum, but dates of distribution will be staggered based on the last name to take into consideration supply chain needs. 
     
    What if my address is incorrect or I have moved? 
    • P-EBT families actively receiving Food Assistance, Child Care, or TANF (cash assistance) will need to contact their local DCF Service Center to report change of address if needed.
    • P-EBT families not actively receiving Food Assistance, Child Care or TANF (cash assistance) who think their card may have been mailed to the wrong address will need to contact their local DCF Service Center by calling 1-888-369-4777.
    How much will I get in P-EBT benefits? 
    Families will receive up to $291 in total P-EBT benefits per child, based on months your child was eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The benefit will be provided in a one-time lump sum payment for closed school days in March, April and May 2020.  
    • March - $57
    • April - $120
    • May - $114
    How long will I receive these benefits for? 
    P-EBT is a one-time lump sum benefit. 
     
    My household is newly eligible for Food Assistance and/or free or reduced school meals. Are we eligible to receive P-EBT benefits? 
    Yes, P-EBT benefits will be prorated from the date you became eligible. 
    What if I do not want P-EBT benefits? 
    If you are eligible for P-EBT because your children receive free or reduced-price meals and do not want the P-EBT benefits you should destroy the EBT card received in the mail. P-EBT is non-transferrable. 
     
    I have more than one child enrolled in free or reduced lunch. Will I receive one card or individual cards for each child? 
    Children in the same household should be issued one Kansas Benefits Card in the Head of Household’s name if the household does not already have a card.
     
    How does this affect children in foster care? 
    All children age 5-18 who normally has access to the free and reduced-price meals are eligible for P-EBT benefits. This includes children in foster care as reported by their school. The P-EBT card for children in foster care will go to the address currently used in the DCF eligibility system. 
     
    Why can’t I get my Kansas Benefits Card and notice from the school? 
    Kansas Department for Children and Families is the authority in administering P-EBT benefits. While there is collaboration to streamline eligibility with Kansas State Department of Education, the USDA has indicated schools should not be administering P-EBT benefits. 
     
    I receive free or reduced price meals for my children, would I be eligible for regular Food Assistance? 
    If you are eligible for free or reduced price meals for your children your household may be eligible for regular Food Assistance. There are multiple ways to apply for Food Assistance. You can apply online by visiting our website https://cssp.kees.ks.gov/apspssp/sspNonMed.portal or or call to request an application be mailed to you 1-888-369-4777. You may also stop by a local DCF Service Center to pick up an application. 
     
    Harvesters SNAP Outreach Team can also help you determine if you are eligible for Food Assistance. You may call them at 1-877-653-9522 or visit the website at https://www.harvesters.org/Get-Help/Snap​