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Louisiana Reopens P-EBT Program Application for Families Who Have Not Previously Applied

The Lafayette Public School System wants to inform families that Louisiana is providing another opportunity to apply to receive 2019-2020 Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits if they have not already applied. This program provides extra help buying groceries for the families who normally receive free and reduced-price meals at school in order to replace those meals. In addition, all students who attend Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Program Schools are eligible for the program. The CEP schools are as follows:

Acadian Middle School
Acadiana High School
Alice Boucher Elementary School
Broussard Middle School
Carencro Heights Elementary School
Carencro High School
Carencro Middle School
Charles Burke Elementary School
Comeaux High School
Cpl. M. Middlebrook Elementary School
Dr. Raphael Baranco Elementary School
Duson Elementary School
Edgar Martin Middle School
Ernest Gallet Elementary School
Evangeline Elementary School
Green T. Lindon Elementary School
J.W. Faulk Elementary School
J.W. James Elementary School
Judice Middle School
Katharine Drexel Elementary School
L. Leo Judice Elementary School
L.J. Alleman Middle School
Lafayette Middle School
Lerosen Preparatory Academy School
Live Oak Elementary School
Myrtle Place Elementary School
Northside High School
Ossun Elementary School
Paul Breaux Middle School
Prairie Elementary School
Ridge Elementary School
S.J. Montgomery Elementary School
Scott Middle School
Truman Early Childhood Center
Westside Elementary School
Woodvale Elementary School

Families must complete this online application in the P-EBT portal of the Louisiana Department of Education website to receive benefits: https://pebt.doe.louisiana.gov/PublicApps/SNP/. The portal opened September 8, 2020, and the deadline to apply is September 29, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. This application period is for children who have not yet received P-EBT. This is not an additional benefit, so children who already received P-EBT earlier in the summer are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must provide the full names of the student and parent, date of birth, Social Security number, home address, school, and school district. Without the requested information, DCFS cannot issue the P-EBT card and provide benefits.

Eligible families who complete an online application will be issued a P-EBT debit card by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to access benefits. The P-EBT card will function like a standard EBT card, and the same guidelines will apply. Families will receive $285 in total P-EBT benefits per child. Unused benefits will roll over month to month and must be used within 365 days.

The P-EBT program was authorized by Congress in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020. For additional information about P-EBT benefits, eligibility and FAQs, visit the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services’ website at www.dcfs.la.gov/pebt.

LPSS is aware that our families’ financial situations are changing due to COVID-19. Families are always able to apply for meal benefits by completing an online application for meal benefits at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict.