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NEW Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Program

North Carolina has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide financial assistance for buying groceries for the families of children who normally receive free and reduced lunch at school.  This includes all children enrolled at schools implementing the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which is all Kannapolis City Schools.

Families will receive up to $371 in total P-EBT benefits per child, provided over two installments, with the possibility of an additional benefit if North Carolina schools are closed beyond May 15.

What is P-EBT?

NCDHHS, working in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, requested activation of the Pandemic Electronic Benefits program (P-EBT) program for North Carolina families to use during school closures. The P-EBT program provides a benefit on an EBT card to North Carolina families whose children have access to free and reduced lunch at school. The P-EBT card will function like a standard EBT card, and the same guidelines will apply.

Who is eligible for P-EBT?

All families with one or more children in their household who normally receive free and reduced lunch at school are eligible for P-EBT. Due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, these households are now eligible to receive a benefit on an EBT card to help them buy food for their children.  This includes all children enrolled at schools implementing the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which is all Kannapolis City Schools.

Do families need to apply for the P-EBT program?

Families will not need to apply for the P-EBT program. P-EBT eligible families already receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits will receive an additional benefit on their existing EBT card in the next few weeks.

P-EBT eligible families not already enrolled in FNS will be mailed a new EBT card in the coming weeks. Families who receive a new EBT card will first receive a letter from DHHS in the mail explaining how to activate and use their card.

How long will this program last?

Families will receive up to $371 in total P-EBT benefits per child, provided over two installments, with the possibility of an additional benefit if North Carolina schools are closed beyond May 15. Unused benefits will rollover month-to-month and must be used within 365 days.

What if my family has moved recently?

NCDHHS is utilizing the address indicated in the Department of Public Instruction’s files for public school children. If the address you currently have on file at your child’s school is no longer correct, the undelivered EBT card may be returned to the NCDHHS EBT vendor. Counties will receive a report of the undeliverable cards and someone will attempt to contact you to get your EBT card to you. These attempts will be made via the phone number on file at your child’s school.  

If you need to submit a change of address, you must complete this form below.  The form must be accompanied by a current proof of residency for your new address.  You may send the completed form and proof of residency via email to info@kcs.k12.nc.us.

To simply update your phone number, email address or emergency contacts, you may complete the form below without additional documentation required.

KCS Address Change Request Form

      

Deadline to submit this form for address info to be shared with NC DHHS is Thursday, May 7th. 

All questions and additional information/updates can be found on NC DHHS's website.