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.
Under ARPA, P-EBT is available for the summer of 2022 to all children who were eligible to receive free or reduced price meals during the 2021-2022 school year. This includes school children who received P-EBT benefits during the school year and those who were eligible for free or reduced price school meals but did not receive P-EBT benefits in the last month of the school year because they attended school in person and had access to a meal service at school. It also includes children who are newly determined eligible for free or reduced price meals during the covered summer period as well as children under 6 who are enrolled in SNAP during the summer.
DFS received FNS approval for the 2022 Summer P-EBT Plan on September 19, 2022.
2022 Summer 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 Summer Benefits?
A: Summer P-EBT benefits are available to all children who were eligible to receive free or reduced price meals during the current school year. This includes school children who received P-EBT benefits during the school year and those who were eligible for free or reduced price school meals but did not receive P-EBT benefits in the last month of the school year because they attended school in person and had access to a meal service at school. It also includes children who are newly determined eligible for free or reduced price meals during the covered summer period (June 1 – August 31) if they attended a school during the 2021-2022 school year that participates in the National School Lunch Program. Summer P-EBT benefits will also be available to children under 6 who are enrolled in SNAP during the summer.
Q: How is eligibility for summer P-EBT determined?
A: DFS will complete a direct issuance to all eligible children based on data received from the WDE and DFS. This benefit is available without an application.
Q: How long is the covered summer period?
A: The covered summer period shall not be more than 90 calendar days that follow a school year during which there was a public health emergency declaration. In Wyoming, the covered summer period is from June 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022. An issuance date has not yet been determined.
Q: How many P-EBT benefit days are in the covered summer period and what is the daily value?
A: The number of P-EBT benefit days equals the number of weekdays during the covered summer period, which the U.S. Standard has been determined to be 55 weekdays. The daily value is $7.10. Therefore, the standard summer benefit is $391 per eligible child (55 days at $7.10 per day).
- 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