The Tennessee Department of Human Services today announced the details on the second distribution of Pandemic Electronic Benefit (P-EBT) Program for the 2022-2023 academic year and Summer 2023.
P-EBT is a COVID-19 relief program that provides nutritional benefits to children eligible for the National School Lunch Program who may have missed meals due to COVID-19. The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) distributes P-EBT benefits based on records provided by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) guidelines and funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service.
Eligible K-12 students who attended school in person will receive P-EBT benefits for school meals missed between March 2023 and May 11, 2023, of the 2022-23 school year on June 16, 2023. Benefits for this time period are available to children who:
Eligible K-12 students who attended school in person will receive P-EBT benefits for the Summer 2023 if children are:
Children are automatically enrolled in P-EBT for the 2022-2023 School Year and Summer 2023 according to records provided by Tennessee schools. No application is required.
Eligible children will receive approximately $120 in Summer P-EBT benefits, plus the amount of any additional benefits they were eligible for from March 2023 – May 11, 2023.
The total amount of P-EBT benefits will vary for each eligible child.
If the child already has an active P-EBT card, benefits will be added to that card. If a new P-EBT card is needed, please visit www.connectebt.com or call 1 (888) 997-9444. If the child has not received P-EBT before, a new EBT card will be mailed to their home based on current school records.
Parents can login to the P-EBT Parent Portal at https://onedhs.tn.gov/parent to view P-EBT benefits, link their child(ren), verify or change address, and sign up to receive text message notifications.
If parents have not received P-EBT Benefits by June 16th or believe their child’s School Year 2022-23 and/or Summer 2023 P-EBT benefits do not reflect the number of school meals missed due to COVID-19 related school closures or excused absences during the 2022-2023 school year, they can submit a P-EBT Administrative Review request via the P-EBT Parent Portal at https://onedhs.tn.gov/parent. Requests must be made between June 19, 2023 and June 30, 2023 at 5 P.M CST 2023. If approved, P-EBT Administrative Review benefits will be issued on a rolling basis. To learn more about the P-EBT Administrative Review Process, please visit: https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/p-ebt/p-ebt- administrative-review-faq.html.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (PL 116–127, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 (PL 116-260), and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (PL 117-2) provides the Secretary of Agriculture authority to approve state agency plans to administer P-EBT. Approved state agencies may operate P-EBT when a school is closed or has been operating with reduced attendance or hours for at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency designation when the school would otherwise be in session.
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