Thursday, May 26

Electronic Benefits Transfer: How will your receive your SNAP payments?

After a delay early Tuesday, Virginia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has released this month’s emergency allotments of benefits to eligible households.

On Tuesday afternoon, a representative of the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) said they assumed a delay in allocations caused by a technical problem.

Benefits were to be automatically charged to beneficiaries’ electronic benefit transfer cards on that day.

As of 5 p.m., the VDSS said the issue has been resolved.

VDSS reported that the benefits were loaded onto the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards at approximately 3 p.m.

“Unforunately, I do not have a SNAP subject matter expert available to faciliate an interview today. However, I can confirm that the delay was the result of a technical issue that has now been resolved. We also received confirmation that benefits were loaded onto Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards at approximately 3 p.m”, the VDSS said.

“All eligible households should now have access to these supplemental benefits. The unexpected delay in distribution impacted an estimated 370,000 households who receive the supplemental benefits on the 16th of the month.”

What is Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer?

The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is for households with children (up to age 21) who temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

P-EBT benefits can be used in the same manner as SNAP benefits. It is administered by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Texas Education Agency.

Who is elegible for P-EBT?

A child must meet one of the following criteria for the 2020-2021 school year to be eligible for P-EBT:

  • Certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).*
  • Attends a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 (P2) school that offers free meals to all students through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).*
  • Born after Aug. 1, 2014, in a family who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between October 2020 and June 2021.
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*Contact your child’s school if you have questions about the school’s participation in these programs or the household application for free and reduced-price meals (NSLP form).

How much money will I receive for P-EBT?

The P-EBT benefit amount for each campus is calculated based on information provided by schools about virtual students, the daily benefit amount and the number of school days per month.

– Every Texas school participating in the National School Lunch Program was asked to provide the number of days each month that most students learned virtually during the 2020-2021 school year. The higher the number of days that students attended school virtually, the greater the P-EBT benefit amount for that campus.

– The Food and Nutrition Service approved a daily benefit amount of $6.82 that covers the cost of two meals and a snack.

– An average number of school days per month was calculated by looking at the largest school districts in Texas.

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