Getting Started

Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on public health and the economy in Maine. Today, as many as 1 in 5 kids in Maine could face hunger. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) and Summer P-EBT programs provide temporary grocery assistance to replace the meals kids miss when school buildings are closed, ensuring students don’t lose access to a critical source of nutrition.

P-EBT & Summer P-EBT are efficient ways to reach more kids with the food they need when they are not in school. It works alongside programs like summer meals, WIC, and SNAP to give communities and families the resources and flexibilities they need to combat hunger, especially in the summer months.

Connecting with families about P-EBT and Summer P-EBT is essential to getting families the benefits they may be eligible for. This toolkit includes a number of resources to help get the word out to parents about these new benefits that will help boost their family grocery budget and access food. You can use as many of the resources as you’d like!

Five Things You Can Do to Ensure All Eligible Families Receive P-EBT & Summer P-EBT Benefits:

  1. Print and share this P-EBT flyer. Encourage your network to post information about P-EBT on community bulletin boards in grocery stores, community centers, churches, and libraries.
  2. Share P-EBT and Summer P-EBT messaging content with local news and radio stations. By asking local media outlets to run a piece about P-EBT, you can reach all eligible families in as many ways as possible.
  3. Spread the word on social media. Use your social media platforms to talk about the importance of P-EBT and include information about how eligible families can receive this benefit. Find social media images and message content HERE.
  4. Communicate directly with families. Share the newsletter and email content with your local school district, early child education centers, and community partners to communicate directly with eligible families.
  5. Use translated materials. Keep in mind that families in Maine speak many languages at home. Work with your school district and other community partners to distribute translated materials. If you need access to translated outreach materials, email Izzy Ostrowski at Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative.

For more information about P-EBT, visit the MAINE OFFICE OF FAMILY INDEPENDENCE.

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