CA food benefit program offers $365 to students in need

California P-EBT program Free or Reduced Priced School Lunch COVID-19
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The California Department of Social Services recently developed a pandemic electronic benefit transfer program, or P-EBT, providing increased food benefits to students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals through their schools.

Families whose schools are closed for at least five days due to COVID-19 are eligible for the extra funding of up to $365 per student. Each student may also continue to receive the prepared meals offered by their school district in addition to receiving the benefits. Information for the program is distributed through school districts.

Children already registered under CalFresh do not need to apply for the program and are automatically enrolled, according to an information page from Berkeley Unified School District, or BUSD. Those not under CalFresh can fill out an online application to qualify.

The funding is a one-time benefit and has no age restrictions, according to the BUSD information page. There are also no restrictions based on residency status.

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