Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (PL 116–127), as amended by the Continuing Appropriations Act 2021 and Other Extensions Act (PL 116-159), the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 (PL 116-260), and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (PL 117-2) provides the Secretary of Agriculture authority to approve state agency plans to administer P-EBT.
P-EBT also provides benefits to younger children in households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) whose covered child care facility is closed or operating with reduced hours or attendance, or who live in the area of schools that are closed or operating with reduced hours or attendance. DFS will work with Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) to gather needed data to determine eligible children.
DFS received FNS approval for the 2021 – 2022 Child Care P-EBT Plan on August 30, 2022.
Child Care P-EBT Questions & Answers:
Q: What is P-EBT?
A: P-EBT benefits are a food benefit that can be used to purchase any groceries that are not hot and prepared. P-EBT benefits equal the amount of the national daily reimbursement for free breakfast and lunch ($7.10), multiplied by the average number of days the student attended an eligible school of which was closed or operated with reduced hours due to COVID-19.
The benefit can be used at stores nationwide that accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Cards.
Q: How will I receive my P-EBT benefits?
A: A P-EBT card will be mailed and addressed to your child(ren) separately with instructions on how to activate and use the card. A postcard will also be sent with information to eligible child(ren) when that time comes.
For households currently on SNAP that have an active Wyoming EBT card, or have received P-EBT benefits in the past, P-EBT benefits will be loaded to your current EBT 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 or P-EBT 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.
Q: How long do P-EBT benefits remain available on the EBT card?
A: Once the EBT card is activated, the household has 274 days to use the benefit. The clock restarts after each purchase. If an EBT card is inactive for 274 days, the benefit will be expunged, or removed.
Q: Who is eligible for P-EBT 2021 – 2022 Child Care benefits?
A: SNAP-recipient children under the age of six (6) who is enrolled in a covered child care facility and who lives in an area of a closed school or a school operating at reduced attendance or hours, or whose child care facilities are closed or operating at reduced attendance or hours or are in the area of a school that meets those conditions.
Q: How is eligibility for P-EBT determined for the Child Care benefit?
A: Based on Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) , U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) deems all children under the age of 6 to be enrolled in a covered child care facility. The issuance will be determined by the data that is available through WDE and an issuance date has not yet been determined.
Q: What is the amount of P-EBT benefits for the Child Care benefit?
A: P-EBT child care benefits will be equal to the statewide average of P-EBT benefits issued to school children who received P-EBT benefits in the same month between October 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022. This amount is not yet available.
- P-EBT benefits can be used at any SNAP-authorized retailer, to purchase eligible foods. The SNAP Retailer Locator allows anyone to locate nearby SNAP-authorized retailers by entering a street address, city, and state, or zip code.
- P-EBT benefits can be used to purchase food, such as:
- Fruits and vegetables;
- Meat, poultry, and fish;
- Dairy products;
- Breads and cereals;
- Other foods such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages; and
- Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat.
Households CANNOT use P-EBT benefits to buy:
- Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
- Vitamins, medicines, and supplements. If an item has a Supplement Facts label, it is considered a supplement and is not eligible for SNAP purchase.
- Live animals (except shellfish, fish removed from water, and animals slaughtered prior to pick-up from the store).
- Foods that are hot at the point of sale
- Any nonfood items such as:
– Pet foods
– Cleaning supplies, paper products, and other household supplies.
– Hygiene items, cosmetics
- P-EBT violations and penalties include, but are not limited to:
- Trafficking: Buying or selling P-EBT benefits for cash. The penalties for trafficking include permanent disqualification, forfeiture of property, and/or a monetary penalty for each violation.
- Selling ineligible items: Selling cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, or expensive nonfood items for P-EBT benefits may result in a 3- to 5-year disqualification or equivalent civil money penalty.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please see the USDA Food and Nutrition Website at https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/recipient/eligibility or https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/state-guidance-coronavirus-pandemic-ebt-pebt for additional information.
Contact the EBT Help Desk, Wyoming Department of Family Services, Economic Security Division, 2300 Capitol Avenue, 3rd Floor Hathaway Building, Cheyenne, WY 82002.
Toll Free: 1 (800) 457-3659
Direct Line: (307) 777-6082