Does legal status of the child affect eligibility for P-EBT? Will school aged children who are undocumented non-citizens enrolled in a free/reduced lunch school program receive the PEBT benefits?

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is utilizing data from the Department of Public Instruction for free and reduced lunch only. Eligibility will be determined based on the enrollment of a child in that program. Any child that receives free/reduced lunch qualifies. There are no other filtered criteria.

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1. What is P-EBT?
2. Who is eligible for P-EBT?
3. Do Students that have already turned 18 before the end of the school year receive P-EBT if they are still a full-time student receiving free or reduced lunches?
4. Does legal status of the child affect eligibility for P-EBT? Will school aged children who are undocumented non-citizens enrolled in a free/reduced lunch school program receive the PEBT benefits?
5. How to apply for P-EBT
6. What about children who enrolled in free and reduced lunch programs after the report was run for P-EBT eligibility?
7. How and when will I get my benefits?
8. How will you know where to send my P-EBT benefits?
9. What if my address is incorrect or I have moved?
10. How much will I get in P-EBT benefits?
11. How long will this program last and how long will I have to use benefits?
12. What happens if school closures are expanded by the Governor?
13. What if I do not want P-EBT benefits?
14. How do I activate my P-EBT card?
15. I did not get a P-EBT card and believe I should have. What do I do?
16. My child attends a charter school, will I receive P-EBT benefits for him/her?
17. My child attends a private school. Will I receive P-EBT benefits for him/her?
18. I homeschool my child. Will I receive P-EBT benefits for him/her?
19. My child is in a Head Start Program and qualifies for meals through CACFP. Will Head Start students receive P-EBT benefits or does that only apply to students in public schools?
20. I did not complete a free or reduced lunch application this past school year, but my child has received free or reduced lunch in previous school years. Will I receive P-EBT benefits for him/her?
21. I have more than one child enrolled in free or reduced lunch. Will I receive one card or individual cards for each child?
22. Will children receiving free lunches in a school that the entire school receives free lunches and the parents did not fill out any paperwork for the free lunches receive P-EBT?
23. How does this affect children in foster care?
24. Can I buy hot foods with my P-EBT benefits?
25. What is the ID requirement for using the P-EBT card at the grocery store?
26. Does this replace the current COVID-19 supplements, other FNS benefits, or meals families may be receiving at this time?
27. Why can’t I get my card and notice from the school?
28. Does this cost anything?
29. Do I have to pay these benefits back?
30. What if the family has more questions or needs additional resource information?