Many of Louisiana's children who attend public schools are now eligible for the Pandemic EBT benefits, or P-EBT.

The P-EBT program provides extra money for groceries for students that are eligible for free or reduced lunch or go to a Community Eligibility Provision school.

In Lafayette Parish, the following schools are on that list:

Households that meet the following criteria may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits to help them buy food for their children:

  • Families with one or more children in their household.
  • Children are approved for free and reduced-price meals at school.

If approved, families will receive $285 per child on a P-EBT debit card from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

The card will function like a standard EBT card. Unused benefits will roll over month to month and must be used within 365 days.

Families must apply online to receive benefits. The application portal opens Monday, May 18 and the deadline to apply is June 7.

State officials expect significant interest in the program and are asking applicants to be patient.

All applicants are required to have the following information to apply:

  • Full names of student and parent
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Home address
  • School and school district

To apply, visit the P-EBT Information & Application page here.