Pandemic EBT benefits start going out to eligible children this week

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 8:56 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Pandemic EBT benefits will start going out this week to families of eligible school-age children who missed out on free or reduced meals because of the pandemic.

EBT cards will be mailed to families with children in pre-K and K-12 who lost access to meals from the National School Lunch Program during the 2020-21 school year because their schools closed or switched to virtual and hybrid learning.

The cards may take several weeks to arrive due to the volume of eligible children and shipping time frames.

There is no application for these benefits.

The Alabama State Department of Education notified Alabama Department of Human Resources which students are eligible.

If you have questions about benefits, call DHR at 1-800-410-5827 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Alabama has successfully tackled childhood hunger throughout this pandemic thanks to the P-EBT program and an effective multi-agency partnership. We are extremely grateful to our partners at USDA-FNS and to Dr. Eric Mackey and his team at the Department of Education, along with our advocates, for their continued support of our mission to feed Alabama’s children,” Alabama DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner said in a news release.

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