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DHS Press Release: SUMMER P-EBT BENEFITS TO START INTRODUCING JULY 19TH

Posted on July 14, 2022 in Current Department News, Newsroom

HONOLULU – The Hawaiian Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Hawaiian State Department of Education (HIDOE) have announced the launch of the 2022 Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT).

In response to the economic impact of the pandemic, through rounds 1, 2 and 3 of the P-EBT, two Keiki under 6 Programs and now that we are approaching the second Summer P-EBT Through the DHS program, DHS provided $249,368,670 in food assistance to 127,000 eligible children. In addition, DHS provided individuals and families with more than $469,000,000 in supplemental emergency allocation SNAP assistance.

What is Summer P-EBT?
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is food assistance authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, and enforced by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA) (PL 116-127) in the as amended, by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and the Other Extensions Act (PL 116-159) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (PL 116-260).

For whom is that?
School-age students who, on the last day of the 2021-2022 school year:

  • are either enrolled in free or discounted school lunches at a school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) (this includes high school seniors) OR…
  • Who are enrolled in a school that offers free meals to all students through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or other regulation. (See list of DOE CEP schools [click here] or NSLP charters and private schools [click here]) OR…
  • Those applying for free or discounted school meals by July 31, 2022 and later deemed eligible and enrolling in free or discounted school meals at a school participating in the NSLP.

Children under 6 years:

  • SNAP Benefits received for any period between June 1, 2022 and July 31, 2022 inclusive.

Do families need to apply for summer P-EBT benefits?
There is no application for summer P-EBT benefits. Most eligible students are automatically enrolled in P-EBT through verification based on their age:

  • For school-age students who are enrolled in the Department of Education and NSLP participating charter and private schools, eligible students who are enrolled in either free or discounted school meals at their school, or students who are enrolled in a school that offers free meals to all students through the CEP or other provision.
  • children under 6 are automatically enrolled in Keiki P-EBT by verifying SNAP attendance with the department’s eligibility system.

What if my school-age child is NOT enrolled in free or discounted school meals?
If your school-age child is in need and is NOT enrolled in the free or discounted school lunch program (and you want them to receive P-EBT benefits) Please apply through EZMealApp.com between July 15, 2022 and July 31, 2022 if your child attends a DOE school. For children attending an NSLP participating charter or private school, please contact your school.

How does this work?
School-age students:

  • Eligible students will have their achievement credited to their own Hawaii P-EBT account, which can be accessed through a Hawaii P-EBT card (white card with black writing) they received for the 2020-21 school year.
  • For newly eligible students who did not previously receive P-EBT for the 2020-21 school year, separate hawaiʻi P-EBT cards will be mailed to them in the name of each eligible student.

Children under 6 years:

  • Eligible children will have their benefits credited to their family’s existing SNAP account and Kokua EBT. (Note: Eligible Child must have received SNAP for the month of June or July 2022 in order for P-EBT benefits to be issued on the Kokua EBT card.)
  • If the Eligible Child(ren) were in a SNAP household but are no longer living in the SNAP household and are no longer receiving SNAP, you must contact the Contact P-EBT call center. or write to us by clicking the Contact Us button at pais-pebt.dhs.hawaii.gov so we can review and coordinate your benefits.

What if I need a replacement card?
If a replacement card is required (Kokua EBT or Hawaii P-EBT), please call Fidelity Information Service (FIS) Customer Service at 1-888-328-4292 and mention that you need a replacement card for a P-EBT Request account (if applying for Hawaii P-EBT card).

What Foods Can Buy P-EBT Benefits?

  • Perks can be used to purchase SNAP-eligible groceries such as: B. Food (including frozen food), snack foods and seeds or plants that produce food. You cannot use the benefits to purchase alcohol, tobacco products, vitamins, live animals, ready meals, or other household items.
  • For a list of SNAP-eligible foods, see fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items.
  • The Kokua EBT and Hawaii P-EBT cards can also be used in the Da Bux

How much do students/children receive for the summer allowance?

  • Both school-age students and children under the age of 6 are eligible for the same amount of aid as determined by the federal government.
  • The summer P-EBT benefit amount, which covers the summer period from June 1, 2022 to July 31, 2022, is USD 455 per student/child.
  • Beginning July 13, 2022, a separate letter will be sent from the Hawaiʻi P-EBT card sender to inform you of how much your student/child will receive for the summer.

When are benefits issued?
Summer P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Hawaiʻi P-EBT or SNAP EBT accounts and will be available on the following dates:
performance availability Crowd
July 19, 2022 $228
August 23, 2022 $227

Note: For school-age students who apply for free or discounted meals after the end of the 2021-2022 school year and by July 31, 2022 and who are eligible and enrolled in free or discounted meals, all 2022 Summer P-EBT benefits will apply to be issued on August 23, 2022.

Do I or my child have to be a US citizen to receive P-EBT benefits?

School-age students:

  • These benefits apply to all children who are enrolled in either free or discounted school meals or at a school that offers free meals to all students through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or other provision. Use of P-EBT benefits does NOT affect a parent’s or child’s immigration status.

Children under 6 years:

  • If they are NOT enrolled in free or discounted school meals, or at a school that offers free meals to all students through CEP or other provision, the SNAP eligibility rules apply. US citizens and some aliens eligible for permanent residency may qualify

Where can I check my child’s P-EBT performance status?
Click on the Pademic EBT Status Lookup button at pais-pebt.dhs.hawaii.gov.

If I have additional questions, where can I call (e.g. where can I report a change of address)?
Call the P-EBT Call Center at 1-888-975-PEBT(7328) or write to us by clicking the Contact Us button at pais-pebt.dhs.hawaii.gov

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Amanda Stevens, Public Relations Officer

Human Services Department
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: (808) 586-4892

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