Before I proceed to outline the P-EBT Funds Participating States, let’s quickly take a look at what P-EBT simply means. The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT), provides nutritional services and resources to various families across the states who have lost access to free or reduced-price meals at schools due to the closure of schools.
The P-EBT program is like an emergency program to make up for free school meals and reduced meal price programs for school children. Therefore, families with eligible children will receive these funds in a new or existing EBT card to help make up for the free meals gap.
All children who would receive free or reduced-price meals, if not for their school closure due to COVID-19, are eligible to receive P-EBT. You can check out our article on the P-EBT guide to see how it works and who is eligible to get the P-EBT funds.
P-EBT Funds Participating States
The P-EBT program is applicable to all children whose schools have closed up due to coronavirus, it is still totally dependent on whether if your state is participating in the program or not. See below, states approved by the United States department of agriculture (USDA) to partake in this program.
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Virgin Islands
- West Virginia
What Can I Buy With P-EBT Benefits
With your P-EBT benefit fund, you can purchase foods in any snap certified stores. Also, you can use the benefits to purchase groceries online at Amazon or Walmart depending on your area. But note that you are not allowed to purchase:
- Non-food items.
- Hot or prepared foods.
- Vitamins or citizens.
Check out this post on how to purchase groceries online with your EBT card.