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Families with School-Age and Young Children May Be Eligible for New Grocery Benefits During COVID-19

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, households with children under the age of six and/or school-age children may have been eligible to receive Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to purchase groceries. Each eligible child or student may receive up to $119 per month for food. Eligible families should have received P-EBT benefits for the 2020-2021 school year starting in June 2021. If you think you were eligible for P-EBT, but have not received your benefits, you can visit the MAINE OFFICE FOR FAMILY INDEPENDENCE (maine.gov/dhhs/ofi/programs-services/food-supplement) to learn more.

Families that were eligible for P-EBT may also be eligible for a similar program called Summer P-EBT. Families with school-aged children that think they may be eligible should fill out a school meal application by contacting their local school district or downloading the application from maine.gov/doe/schools/nutrition/studenteligibility and returning it to their school. Families with children under the aged of six should enroll in SNAP. Text the word FOOD to 74544 to find out if you may also be eligible for SNAP.

Don’t forget! Families receiving P-EBT and Summer P-EBT can still get free summer meals from schools and community sites. Take home meals and P-EBT are separate programs. To find a free meal site near you, you can:

For more information about Summer P-EBT, please visit the Office for Family Independence or review P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions at feedkids.me.

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