Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get pandemic food benefits. This includes students that attend a school where all students eat meals at school for free, children in foster care, children of migrant workers and youth experiencing homelessness.
What is P-EBT?
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (P-EBT) offers food assistance to low-income children during the pandemic by providing their families with more resources to use for food where Oregon Trail cards are accepted. P-EBT is possible because of a collaboration between Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Programs (ODE CNP). This program was created in response to the gap in nutrition that the pandemic can pose for many children around the country.
Who is eligible?
Eligible households include:
- Families that were getting free or reduced-price meals before the school closures, and
- The child’s school or district will be (or has been) closed for at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency designation and due to concerns about a COVID-19 outbreak.
What does your family need to do to receive these benefits?
If your students are already receiving free meals at school, families do not need to do anything.
If your family qualifies for free or reduced meal benefits, you may also be eligible for these benefits starting on the date your family qualifies for free or reduced meals. Families that qualify will be contacted shortly by DHS with a letter and instructions of how to access the benefits.
How does it work?
The Oregon Trail Card (EBT) system is used to provide funds to all eligible students. Existing Oregon Trail Card beneficiaries will have additional funds added to their cards. Families who do not already have a card will receive one with a letter explaining the program.
What is the impact of this program?
The P-EBT card will provide additional funding on a per student basis for families to spend on qualifying food purchases in their community. P-EBT funds go directly to eligible children to bring food into their household. This program helps alleviate food insecurity and increase local spending at the same time.
Where can I get more information?
To read more information about food assistance and other resources, please visit the state’s Benefits and Assistance website.