I received assistance from DCF for my school aged children during the 2019-2020 school year but no longer have may Kansas Benefits Card? I am eligible for P-EBT, how do I get a new Kansas Benefits Card?
Yes, school aged children that received assistance from DCF during the 2019-2020 school year are eligible for P-EBT benefits. If you need a new Kansas Benefits Card please call 1-800-997-6666 and request a new Kansas Benefits Card.
I did not get a Kansas Benefits Card with P-EBT benefits and believe I should have. What do I do?
If the household is not on the list of households eligible for free and reduced-price meals received from the local school or not currently receiving Food Assistance, TANF, Child Care or Medicaid you will not receive a P-EBT benefit.
If the household wants a hearing: Hearing rights are not applicable to this special benefit.
If my child attends a private school or is homeschooled, will I receive P-EBT benefits for him/her?
P-EBT is only for children that participate in the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Eligibility is pulled from the local school districts records for that program. If your children receive free and reduced meals through a private school that participates in the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program, they should receive P-EBT benefits.
I have more than one child enrolled in free or reduced lunch. Will I receive one card or individual cards for each child?
Children in the same household should be issued one card in the Head of Household’s name.
How does this affect children in foster care?
All children age 5-18 who normally has access to the free and reduced-price meals are eligible for P-EBT benefits. This includes children in foster care as reported by their school. The P-EBT card for children in foster care will go to the address currently used in the DCF eligibility system.
What if a foster child recently moved into my home?
If the child was eligible for free or reduced priced meals prior to moving into your home and you do not receive P-EBT benefits by June 5th you need to call DCF.
What if a foster child recently moved out of my home?
If a foster child recently moved out of your home the P-EBT benefit should be issued to the child’s new placement.
I care for my nephew and receive caregivers TANF for him. I have 2 biological children in my home who have not received assistance from DCF in 3 years but were eligible for free or reduced priced meals during the 2019-2020 school year. I have received P-EBT for my nephew but not my biological children. When will I get P-EBT for my biological children?
Wait until June 5th to see if you receive your biological children’s P-EBT benefits. If you do not receive P-EBT benefits by June 5th DCF needs additional information from you. Your school emailed you a confidential link to provide the additional information for the 2 other children. If you cannot find the link contact your school to have them resend it.
My child is in 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?
Head Start programs are not included, however it should be noted that some Pre-Ks are. If the Pre-K is in a grade school participating in the federal free and reduced lunch program and those children in the Pre-K are included in that program if they turned age 5 anytime during the school year, those children will be eligible and receive P-EBT benefits. As well, P-EBT is only for those children eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, which is separate from the USDA Child Nutrition Program-CACFP.
Can I buy hot foods with my P-EBT benefits?
No, hot foods cannot be purchased with P-EBT benefits. Go here
for a list of eligible foods.
Does this replace the current COVID-19 supplements, other FNS benefits, or meals families my be receiving at this time?
No. P-EBT benefits are in addition to other services and benefits families may be participating in currently. We encourage families to continue utilizing local school and community meal sites for free, nutrition meals for children.
Why can’t I get my Kansas Benefits Card and notice from the school?
Kansas Department for Children and Families is the authority in administering P-EBT benefits. While there is collaboration to streamline eligibility with Kansas State Department of Education, the USDA has indicated schools should not be administering P-EBT benefits.
Does this cost anything? Do I have to pay these benefits back?
There is no cost to the recipient as the P-EBT benefit is entirely federally funded. Families who are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits will not have to pay back the benefits.
What is the deadline to get P-EBT?
Families who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals are eligible for P-EBT. If you do not receive a Kansas Benefits Card by June 5th additional information is needed from you and you must complete the DCF online form by July 31, 2020. The link is confidential and was provided to you by your school district. If you did not receive the link please contact your school district. For those who need to provide additional information and do not do so by July 31, 2020 will not be able to receive P-EBT.
What other resources are available if I am not eligible for P-EBT?