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Pandemic-EBT cards begin arriving in mailboxes across Florida

Cards may be easy to miss in the mail
Pandemic-EBT cards begin arriving in mailboxes across Florida
Posted at 12:47 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 18:39:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Pandemic-EBT cards are now hitting mailboxes across Florida. But make sure to be on the lookout as the card can be easy to miss.

The Jackson County School District posted on social media about the cards arriving this week, saying that they may be hard to tell apart from junk mail.

"The benefit card is disbursed through the Department of Children and Families but is not marked with this when it arrives in the mail, and can be mistaken for junk mail," the district wrote in a Facebook post. "Some families have already received this in the mail but if you have not, be on the lookout."

WHO'S GETTING THE CARDS?

The cards are automatically being sent to families who are already eligible to receive free or reduced-priced school meals. Those families will receive the benefit during the month of June with no further action needed.

HOW DO I GET THE CARD?

For existing SNAP customers with a child receiving free and reduced-price school meals, the P-EBT benefit will be added to your current EBT card automatically.

For Medicaid and/or TANF recipients with a child receiving free and reduced-price school meals, the P-EBT benefit will be automatically mailed to the address on your Medicaid and/or TANF file.

For all other P-EBT customers, a new P-EBT card will be mailed to the address on file with your child’s school district. No further action is required on your part to receive your P-EBT benefits.

HOW MUCH IS ON THE CARD?

If your child was receiving free and reduced-price school meals prior to the school closures on March 16, you will receive a one-time benefit of $5.70 per day (55 days) and per child. If your child was eligible after March 16, you will receive a pro-rated amount based on the month of eligibility.

WHAT CAN I USE IT FOR?

You can use P-EBT benefits to buy bread, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy, and plants and seeds to grow food. You cannot purchase non-food items with the benefits. P-EBT benefits can be used to purchase food items at retailers displaying a Quest or SNAP logo.

P-EBT benefits will expire a year after issuance. If benefits are added to your current EBT card, the P-EBT benefits will be expended first.

I HAVEN'T RECEIVED MY CARD/ MY CARD HAS BEEN LOST OR STOLEN

If you have received a P-EBT card and need to replace it, you can call 1-888-356-3281 and press “Option 2” to report your P-EBT card as lost, stolen, damaged, or if you did not receive your P-EBT card.

If you have not received your benefit by June 30, you are urged to call 1-833-311-0321. To find out if your child qualifies to receive benefits, click here.

For more information, click here.