This post will provide a detailed guide to Summer 2023 P-EBT for Tennessee. The Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) has been a crucial federal food program that has provided support to families during the summer period of COVID-19 pandemic.
Even though the official COVID-19 health has ended, the federal government is still approving state Summer P-EBT benefits to eligible students.
In this blog post, we will provide information about the 2023 Tennessee Summer P-EBT benefits, including eligibility criteria, application process, distribution timeline, and the amount of benefits. Let’s dive in!
What is P-EBT?
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program was established by Congress in 2020 to assist families in purchasing food while schools and child care facilities were closed due to the pandemic.
P-EBT provides funds to households with children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Summer 2023 P-EBT for Tennessee
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved Tennessee’s Summer 2023 P-EBT State plan for school-age children.
This means that eligible families will continue to receive P-EBT benefits during the summer months.
Who is Eligible for 2023 Tennessee Summer P-EBT Benefits?
To be eligible for the 2023 Tennessee Summer P-EBT benefits, school-age children must meet the following requirements:
- Students who attended a CEP or Provision 2 school during 2022-23 school year;
- Children directly certified (through SNAP, TANF etc.) for free school meals; or
- Children who applied for and received free/reduced price meals for 2022-23 school year
Non-school-age children in childcare and virtual homeschool students are not eligible for Summer P-EBT.
When will 2023 Tennessee P-EBT Benefits be Distributed?
The distribution of the Summer 2023 P-EBT benefits will be issued by September 30, 2023.
To check the exact distribution date, parents can use the P-EBT Parent Portal or call the P-EBT assistance hotline at 1-833-419-3210.
How Much will my Child Receive in Summer 2023 P-EBT Benefits?
Each eligible child will receive approximately $120 in Summer P-EBT benefits, in addition to any other benefits they were eligible for from March 2023 to May 11, 2023.
The total amount of P-EBT benefits may vary for each child.
2023 Tennessee Summer P-EBT Benefits FAQs
Here are the most frequently asked questions about Summer 2023 P-EBT for Tennessee:
Do I need to apply for Summer P-EBT for 2023?
No, eligible families do not need to apply for the 2023 Tennessee Summer P-EBT benefits.
Students who were eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the 2022-2023 school year and were enrolled during the last calendar month of the school year will automatically receive the Summer P-EBT benefits.
Who decides if a child/student is eligible for P-EBT?
Each school/school district provides information on eligible students to the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS).
If you are unsure about your child’s eligibility, you can contact your child’s school for more details.
What can I buy with the P-EBT card?
You can use your P-EBT benefits to purchase most fresh, canned, frozen food items, including fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products, rice, beans, and more.
However, you cannot use the card to buy prepared hot meals, diapers, cleaning products, alcohol, and certain other non-food items.
What if I lost my P-EBT card?
If you lost your P-EBT card, you can request a replacement card by visiting www.connectebt.com or calling 1-888-997-9444.
Please note that it may take up to 30 days for the new card to arrive.
How do I check my Tennessee P-EBT Card Balance?
Call the P-EBT Helpline at 1-888-997-94447 (M-F from 6am to 8pm) to check your balance.
Also, you can visit www.connectebt.com or call the number on the back of your P-EBT card.
Can I get Food Stamps if my children are getting P-EBT?
Yes. If you received P-EBT, you may be eligible for SNAP!
Below is the income limit and amount of food stamps benefits you may receive based on your household size.
|Tennessee SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2023|
|Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023|
|Household Size||Monthly Net Income (100% of FPL)||Monthly Gross Income (130% of FPL)||Monthly Gross Income (165% of FPL) for households with an Elderly or Disabled Member|
|Each Additional Household Member: Add||$394||$512||$649|
Summary – Summer 2023 P-EBT for Tennessee
Here’s the bottom line about the 2023 Tennessee Summer P-EBT Benefits:
The 2023 Tennessee Summer P-EBT benefits aim to provide additional support to families with school-age children during the summer months.
Eligible households do not need to apply for these benefits as they will be automatically distributed to students who meet the eligibility criteria.
The set benefit amount of $120 per eligible child will help alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with providing food during the summer.
For more information or assistance, households can contact the P-EBT Helpline or visit the CDSS P-EBT website.
We hope this post on the Summer 2023 P-EBT for Tennessee was helpful.
If you have further questions about Tennessee P-EBT benefits, please let us know in the comments section below.
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