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Does My School Qualify?


Does My School Qualify?

Are students eligible if they attend charter schools, Roman Catholic schools or other non-public schools?

If (1) the school participated in the National School Lunch Program, (2) the child was deemed eligible to receive free or reduced-price meal at the school, and (3) the child was on a fully virtual (by computer) or hybrid (partially computer-based and partially in school) learning schedule during the 2020-21 school year and the school provides the student's information to DCFS, yes.

Are students of virtual schools eligible for P-EBT?

It depends. If the school participates in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program and the student is eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals through those programs, OR the school is a Community Eligibility Provision school (where all students receive free meals regardless of family income), the student may be eligible for P-EBT.

Are students in Head Start eligible?

Children in Head Start generally are not eligible for P-EBT through their school. The only pre-K-12 schools that qualify for P-EBT are those that participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast programs. Most Head Start students participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which is not included in the P-EBT program. Visit the USDA Food and Nutrition Service P-EBT guidance to find out more about the structure of the federal P-EBT program at https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19/ebt-state-plans-2020-2021.

However, children 0-5 years old who were receiving SNAP benefits while Louisiana's child care centers were closed due to the pandemic may be eligible for P-EBT benefits under a separate provision. For more information, visit our P-EBT for 0-5 Year Olds on SNAP page.

Are home-schooled children eligible?

No.

My child's school provided discounted breakfast and lunch to all students - even those who don't meet federal income guidelines. Does this mean my family qualifies for P-EBT?

It depends. Students on virtual (by computer) or hybrid (partially computer-based and partially in school) learning schedules at Community Eligibility Provision schools – which provide free or reduced-price meals to all students regardless of an individual student’s household income – are eligible. However, students at schools that began providing free meals to all students because of the pandemic are not eligible. Please reach out to your school or district office if you have a question about your school’s status.

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