Summer Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is here!
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 amends the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to extend the P-EBT program through the summer of 2021. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) to administer Summer P-EBT in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).
Summer P-EBT is an extension of School P-EBT and is intended to provide families of eligible children additional funds to purchase food during the summer months.
Families of children who received school P-EBT will automatically receive a P-EBT benefit during the summer if the child was still enrolled during the last month of the academic school year. Because the covered summer period is an extension of the school year, this includes children who graduated at the end of the school year and students who transferred into the school during the last month of school.
Families with children that were enrolled in the last month of academic school year who did not receive P-EBT during the school year will have the ability to establish free or reduced-price meal eligibility during the summer. Families will need to complete a School Year 2021-2022 (SY 21-22) school meal application and return to the school their child was enrolled in during the last month of School Year 2020-2021 (SY 20-21). If the application determines the child to be free or reduced-price, the child will be eligible for Summer P-EBT. Families must submit the school meal application by July 30, 2021, to be considered for Summer 2021 P-EBT.
Is there a “Summer P-EBT application” for families who did not receive School P-EBT?
No. Schools should notify families that the SY 21-22 school meal application submitted to the school on or before July 30, 2021 will be used to determine Summer P-EBT eligibility. Schools will report any students determined eligible for free or reduced-price meals on applications received on or before July 30, 2021 to ADE. ADE will provide this information to DES for Summer P-EBT issuance.
Can households apply for Summer P-EBT through DES?
No. School meal applications are ONLY collected and processed by your child's school. Households must submit the school meal application directly to the school their child was enrolled in during the last month of the SY 20-21.
One-Time Summer P-EBT Payment
ALWAYS KEEP YOUR EBT/P-EBT CARD – THE CARD DOES NOT EXPIRE!
Beginning around mid-August 2021, DES will be issuing a one-time Summer P-EBT benefit for each eligible child in the amount of $375. This payment will be added to the household's current P-EBT or EBT card.
Children who are newly determined eligible through July 30, 2021 for the covered summer period will receive the one-time summer P-EBT benefit in September 2021. The covered summer period begins the day following the last day of the 2020-2021 academic school year up to July 30, 2021.
Summer P-EBT Issuance Calendar – Coming Soon
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a simplified method of disbursing payment of local level P-EBT administrative funds. ADE will use the payment scale provided by USDA to calculate and disburse payments for all LEAs. Payment amounts are based on the number of eligible children served by the LEA, as indicated by student eligibility reported to the Arizona Department of Economic Security as of May 13, 2021. See HNS 16-2021: P-EBT Local Level Administrative Cost Grant Awards (Rescinds HNS #12-2021) for more information and payment scale.
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Chef Ann Foundation, Life Time Foundation, and Whole Kids Foundation! These organizations are part of the newly formed ScratchWorks Collective and are dedicated to improving the quality of school meals and love sharing their expertise with school nutrition professionals. These partners look forward to supporting 10 Arizona Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in a three-phase program to help operators regain their kitchens and menus as they recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chef Ann Foundation will kick-off this collaborative work by sending a culinary trained school food operational expert to each of the selected LEAs for a one-day on-site consultation to create a two-year plan with built-in mentoring designed to transform your kitchens, develop your staff, and take control of your finances to support the menu of your dreams.
The Farm to Summer Challenge is an initiative of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Health and Nutrition Services (HNS) Division to encourage Farm to School activities during Summer Food Service Program/Summer Seamless Option by creating excitement around serving fresh and locally sourced ingredients.