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One-time food benefit helps families impacted by school closures due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Kansas Department for Children and Families with the Kansas State Department of Education have created the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Program to assist families who have been impacted by school closures due to the pandemic.

P-EBT provides a one-time benefit of up to $291 on a Kansas Benefits Card to families whose children ages 5-8 receive free or reduced-price meals at participating schools. There is no application process to receive the benefit.

DCF is issuing the benefit in phases. 

  • Phase 1: those who receive free or reduced-price meals and are enrolled in TANF or SNAP, began receiving a benefit the week of May 20.
  • Phase 2: automatic match with families on free or reduced-priced meals who receive Medicaid or child care assistance.
  • Phase 3: families need to provide additional information, and have access to a parent portal to register for the program (as of June 5). Parents should receive information from their school district on how to access the portal.

Get more information about the P-EBT program.


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