P-EBT Cards Are on the Way!
Please note that each school-age child in your home will receive a card.
Before using the card(s), please follow these steps to key your PIN:
- Call 1-877-290-9401
- Enter the 16-digit card number
- Press 1 when prompted
- Enter the child’s 8-digit date of birth
- When prompted, enter your 5-digit zip code
- Last, enter a 4-digit PIN
What is P-EBT
P-EBT provides temporary assistance for households with children affected by school closures during the public health emergency during March, April and May 2020.
P-EBT benefits are a food benefit that can be used to purchase any food product that is not hot and prepared. P-EBT benefits equal the amount of the national daily reimbursement for free breakfast and lunch ($5.70), multiplied by the average number of days that school was canceled in the months of March, April, and May 2020.
The benefit can be used at stores nationwide that accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Cards. P-EBT benefits are issued on the same card that Wyoming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are issued on.
Click here to watch the Facebook live post answering many questions pertaining to the P-EBT one time disbursement.
Who is eligible for P-EBT?
Children in Wyoming whose schools were closed for at least five (5) consecutive days during the COVID-19 emergency designation and who would have received free or reduced price meals under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLP) if not for the school closure. Both public and non-public schools participating in the NSLP are eligible for P-EBT.
All children attending a school that is considered a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are eligible for P-EBT regardless of their SNAP eligibility or their income-eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch. The following are CEP schools:
- Albany County School District #1 Whiting High School and Centennial Elementary School;
- Carbon County School District #2 Medicine Bow Elementary School;
- Fremont County School District #1 Pathfinder High School;
- Fremont County School District #14 entire district;
- Fremont County School District #21 entire district;
- Fremont County School District #25 Frontier Academy;
- Fremont County School District #38 entire district; and
- St. Stephens Indian School entire school.
There are three (3) school districts in Wyoming that do not participate in NSLP and children attending these schools are not eligible for P-EBT.
- Niobrara School District #1;
- Sheridan School District #3; and
- Park School District #16.
How is eligibility for P-EBT Determined?
UPDATE: In September 2020, DFS entered into a Contract with Urban Policy Development (UPD), Inc. to issue P-EBT benefits to the remaining eligible children that did not previously receive P-EBT due to the school closures in March 2020. This benefit is available without an application.
May 2020: Once DFS receives your application, they will email your school district or NSLP-participating non-public school to verify that the children on the application were eligible for free or reduced lunch as of March 16, 2020. (March 16, 2020 was the average day that schools in Wyoming were closed due to COVID-19)
DFS will approve or deny your application based on the verification of the information received back from the school district or NSLP-participating non-public school. A notice of approval or denial will be mailed to your mailing address listed on the application.
How do I receive my P-EBT benefits?
UPDATE: A P-EBT card will be mailed and addressed to your child(ren) separately with instructions on how to activate and use the card. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR YOUR CARD! A postcard was sent with information stating the benefit may go on an existing SNAP card. Because of the process that ended up needing to be put in place, DFS had to issue separate cards for P-EBT.
May 2020: P-EBT benefits are issued on the same EBT card that SNAP benefits are issued on.
For households currently on SNAP or have an active Wyoming EBT card, P-EBT benefits will be loaded on to your current SNAP card. If you no longer have access to your EBT card, please contact the EBT vendor, FIS, customer service at 1-877-290-9401, www.ebtedge.com, or on your mobile device using the ebtEDGE app, to request a card replacement.
If your household has never received a SNAP card in Wyoming, an EBT card will be mailed to you separately with instructions on how to activate and use the card. It can take about seven (7) business days to arrive at your mailing address.
What is the amount of P-EBT benefits?
P-EBT benefits are based on the average school closure date in Wyoming and the average last day of school in Wyoming for the regularly scheduled school year.
In March 2020, there was an average 12 days of school closed due to COVID-19.
In April 2020, there was an average of 22 days of school closed due to COVID-19.
In May 2020, there was an average of 16 days of school closed due to COVID-19.
There was an average of 50 days missed due to COVID-19. Using the daily P-EBT rate of $5.70/per child equals a total of $285.00/per child.
P-EBT benefits can not be prorated and children must be eligible for NSLP free or reduced lunch at the time of school closure due to COVID-19 to be eligible for P-EBT benefits.
For More Information:
Please see the USDA Food and Nutrition Website at https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/recipient/eligibility for additional information.
Contact Valerie Blair, Program Analyst, Wyoming Department of Family Services SNAP/TANF Training Manager, Economic Security Division 201 N 4th St., Lander, WY 82520