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Families to Receive Money to Purchase Food During School Closures

North Carolina has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide extra help buying groceries for the families of the more than 800,000 children who normally receive free and reduced lunch at school.

The program is being managed by the NC DHHS. If you believe that your address is not correctly listed in the Bladen County Schools PowerSchool database, please contact the P-EBT call center at 1-888-622-7328.

There are two categories of ways people will receive benefits:

  • P-EBT families actively receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits will need to contact their caseworker to report the change of address and if needed, to reissue their EBT card via NC FAST.
  • P-EBT families not actively receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits will not have benefits showing in NC FAST. Their benefits will be available in ebtEDGE and any updates to address and reissuance of card will need to be conducted in that system.It should be noted that undeliverable cards will be returned to the EBT vendor. Counties will receive a report of the undeliverable cards and someone will attempt to contact the family to get their card to them. These attempts will be made via the phone number on file for the child(ren) in the Department of Public Instruction’s records, or through collaboration with your local school if the phone number on file is not correct.

Families will receive approximately $371 in total P-EBT benefits per child, provided over two installments. Unused benefits will rollover month-to-month and must be used within 365 days.

NCDHHS is working to operationalize the P-EBT program, so please continue to visit the NC DHHS webpage for more information regarding North Carolina’s P-EBT program. To provide families and community partners information about the P-EBT program, answers to Frequently Asked Questions are provided below and will be regularly updated over the coming weeks.

Families do not need to apply for the P-EBT program. P-EBT eligible families currently receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits will receive an additional benefit on their existing Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. 

P-EBT eligible families not currently enrolled in FNS will be mailed an EBT card in the next few weeks and will receive a letter from NCDHHS in the mail explaining how to activate and use their card.

Additional Facts and Questions about P-EBT