Summer Pandemic EBT Benefits
2023 Summer Pandemic EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) Benefits in Utah
The free and reduced-price meal application submission deadline for households is May 1, 2023. Below is the information you need to know about Pandemic EBT benefits for this summer benefits.
What is the 2023 Summer Pandemic EBT program?
A program administered through the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Food and Nutrition Service and state agencies to supply a one-time benefit amount of $120 per eligible child to buy groceries for students. Benefits will be issued onto an electronic benefit card during the summer of 2023 from the Department of Workforce Services.
Which students will be eligible?
Students enrolled on May 1, 2023, in a National School Lunch Program participating school; and
Students approved for free or reduced-price meal eligibility as of May 1, 2023; or
Enrolled in a Community Eligible Provision or Provision 2 school on May 1, 2023.
Which students will not be eligible?
According to the state plan approved by USDA Food and Nutrition Service, students beginning enrollment in a NSLP (National School Lunch Programs) participating school after May 1, 2023, will not be considered for Summer Pandemic EBT benefits.
Household free and reduced-price meal applications submitted to the district/charter/school foodservice program after May 1, 2023, will not be considered for Summer P-EBT benefit eligibility.
Who do I contact about school meal benefit eligibility?
To apply for free or reduced-price meals, go to www.ezmealapp.com to fill out an application which will be automatically submitted to the district. Or, request a paper application from your school’s secretary. To find information about your current free or reduced-price meal eligibility, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/cn/fr-021622.
General information about the summer P-EBT program will be updated and posted on the Utah Department of Workforce Services webpage https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/pebt/.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I am eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits? Notification of free or reduced-price benefit approval was sent by email or letter upon review of the application. You can find eligibility information by contacting Sadie Ivie at (435) 623-1940.
If I have children attending schools in different districts and/or charter schools is eligibility shared? Contact each district/charter foodservice department as meal benefit eligibility is not automatically shared among districts and/or charter schools.
My children attend a school that does not charge for meals, do they automatically qualify? If your children are not enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision or Provision 2 school, your household will need to be determined free or reduced-price meal eligible based on household size and gross income. Contact Sadie Ivie at (435) 623-1940 if you have questions.
Can our household reapply for free or reduced-price school meals before May 1, 2023? Yes. Households do not have to report household size or gross income changes once approved for free or reduced-price meals benefits. When circumstances change, households may reapply for benefits.
What will the P-EBT benefit amount be? Households with eligible students will receive a one- time issuance of $120 per eligible student.
If I have eligible students, how will I receive the benefits? Benefits will be issued to the existing card the households received with previous school year 2021-2022 P-EBT benefits unless new guardian/parent information is reported by the district/charter/school. Households that have not received previous P-EBT benefits or have a change in guardianship will be mailed a P-EBT card through the US Postal Service using the mailing address provided by the district/charter/school. Households participating in SNAP will receive P-EBT benefits on their current SNAP card. Additional information will be provided with the mailed cards. Visit the DWS P-EBT webpage, https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/pebt/, if you have questions about P-EBT cards and issuance amounts.
Will my eligible students also receive P-EBT benefits for school year 2022-2023 absences or school closures? Utah will not have a School Year 2023 Pandemic EBT plan. This means benefits will not be paid for any COVID-related absences, school closures, or reduced attendance during the school year 2022-2023 as was done in prior years.
What if my mailing address has changed? Notify the school foodservice department by May 1, 2023.
Do the Summer Pandemic EBT benefits affect you or your child’s immigration status? No, the Public Charge rule does not apply to P-EBT.
Can eligible students still take part in their local summer meal programs? Yes. USDA Food and Nutrition Service will post operating summer meal sites in May 2023 for the summer meal service operations (https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids).
Can my household decline Summer P-EBT benefits? Households that do not wish to participate in the program will be instructed by the Department of Workforce Service to properly dispose of the EBT card.
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