Some Families Impacted By School Closures Are About To Recieve Some Relief

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Did your child receive free or reduced meals in school, or do you know someone who did? When School was canceled in March a lot of children were left without the school meals they depended on daily. Students who received free or reduced meals at school are eligible to receive a one time SNAP benefit to help families with food expenses. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a one time benefit that these families should receive in July.

What is the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer?

P-EBT is a one time benefit to help supplement family food costs due to the Covid-19 related school closures.

No Child In South Carolina should have to go Hungry

South Carolina State Superintendent, Molly Spearman

Based on federal guidelines, the benefit amount for each child is based on a daily rate of $5.70, multiplied by the average number of days school was cancelled. For South Carolina, this equates to 58 days (March 16 – June 3). At $5.70 per day, each child who was enrolled in a free or reduced meals program in March will receive a one time benefit of $330 in July.

Who Is Eligible for P-EBT?

For most eligible families, no further action will be required to receive this benefit. If your child was eligible for free or reduced lunch then you will automatically be enrolled.

Families with eligible children that already receive monthly Snap benefits will see the benefit loaded onto their state-issued EBT card on or around July 7th. Households that do not already receive SNAP benefits will receive a special P-EBT card in the mail.

For those that do not currently receive SNAP, a P-EBT card will be mailed out to the address on file with the school system for each eligible student.

Community Eligibility Provision Schools

Another way students are eligible for this one-time supplement is if their school has opted to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision. A full list of participating schools can be found on the DSS website.

Greenville County CEP Schools Include:

  • Alexander Elm
  • Armstrong Elm
  • Berea Elm
  • Berea Middle
  • Berea High
  • Carolina Academy
  • Chandler Creek Elm
  • Cherrydale Elm
  • Duncan Chapel Elm
  • East North Street Academy
  • Grove Elm
  • Hollis Academy
  • Lakeview Middle
  • Monaview Elm
  • Slater Marietta Elm
  • Sue Cleveland Elm
  • Tanglewood Middle
  • Thomas Kerns Elm
  • Welcome Elm
  • Westcliffe Elm

Spartanburg County CEP Schools include:

  • Arcadia Elm – D6
  • Fairforest Middle – D6
  • Jesse Bobo Elm – D6
  • Lone Oak Elm – D6
  • Woodland Heights Elm – D6
  • Carver Middle – D7
  • Cleveland Academy – D7
  • Drayton Mills Elm – D7
  • EP Todd – D7
  • Mary Wright Elm – D7
  • Meeting Street Academy – D7

What Can You Use The P-EBT card for?

Purchasing rules are the same for SNAP and P-EBT. The P-EBT benefit can be used to purchase most food for a household. Items that can be purchased include:

  • fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruits and vegetables
  • meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, eggs
  • cereal, bread, pasta, rice
  • any ingredients you use for cooking
  • baby formula
  • diabetic foods
  • snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages
  • seeds and plants for growing food at home

Things that can not be purchased include, but are not limited to, non-food items, alcohol, and prepared food items that are hot (hot prepared deli chicken, grilled or toasted deli sandwiches, etc),

You can make your Snap benefits go further at a local farmers market! Farmers market shoppers who purchase at least $5 with their SNAP EBT card at participating markets receive $10 in Healthy Bucks tokens to purchase additional fruits and vegetables.

To find a retailer near you that accepts SNAP, a list is available on the USDA website.

Does The P-EBT Benefit Replace Other Summer Food Programs?

No.
All summer food programs offered by school districts and other groups will continue. This is not meant to replace those assistance programs. A list of programs offering free meals to students is available for both Spartanburg and Greenville County.

Where’s My Child’s P-EBT card?

Families that qualify for a P-EBT benefit but do not receive a card in the mail, should email PEBTBenefits@dss.sc.gov. Please wait until all the cards have been mailed out by August 15th, before contacting DSS,
Please DO NOT call the local DSS office with questions regarding the Pandemic EBT benefit.

More information regarding the P-EBT can be found on the DSS website.

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom of two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures!

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Kayla
3 years ago

I’m a single mom of three kids! I don’t understand why SUMMIT DRIVE ELEMENTARY ISNT ON THE LIST!! Why not do it for all schools

Anmagyar
3 years ago
Reply to  Kayla

The list is county schools where every student will recieve a card, because every student recieved free lunch. If yiur childs school is not on the list they will only be eligible IF they receive free or reduced lunch.