By Marla Ogletree

All children attending Georgia Public Schools receiving free or reduced meals, which includes all of Charlton County, are eligible to apply for the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits – regardless of income.  

P-EBT was made possible by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which took effect April 1 and will end December 31. The program provides help for families whose students lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during pandemic closures. 

The P-EBT program is a collaboration between the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and the Georgia Department of Education. It is intended to help families provide meals for their children.

The program will use data from Georgia DOE to determine a child’s eligibility for P-EBT and enrollment in the school lunch program. In order to receive these benefits, a parent must submit an application. If approved, an EBT card will be mailed to the family within three to four weeks. The family will receive information with their P-EBT card in the mail explaining how to activate and use their P-EBT card. To apply, visit https://dfcs.georgia.gov/pandemic-electronic-benefit-transfer. You will need your child’s GTID (state ID) number for the application. This can be found on Infinite Campus, under “more” or on the student’s last report card. 

The deadline to apply is September 25.