As summer 2023 approaches, it’s essential to understand how the 2023 Georgia Summer P-EBT Benefits (Pandemic EBT) will operate. P-EBT is a crucial provision put in place to ensure that children who usually receive free or reduced-price meals at school can continue to have access to nutritious food during the summer break.
The state of Georgia, through the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS), has been approved to issue P-EBT benefits to eligible children for Summer 2023. Read below for details.
The program will be administered by the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Human Services.
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Key Changes to 2023 Georgia Summer P-EBT Benefits
Here are the big changes to note for P-EBT eligibility in summer 2023:
Children in childcare will not be eligible for P-EBT benefits
Unlike the summer of 2022, Children in childcare will not be eligible for P-EBT benefits in the summer of 2023 if the public health emergency ends before the start of P-EBT’s covered summer period.
Based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, to expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023.
Other key changes to P-EBT for summer 2023
All states, including the state of Georgia, can apply for P-EBT during the summer, independent of the school year.
Also, summer P-EBT eligibility is limited to children attending National School Lunch Program (NSLP)-participating schools.
Additionally, the P-EBT summer benefit amount for 2023 cannot exceed $120 per eligible child.
When will 2023 Georgia P-EBT Benefits be Distributed?
All P-EBT benefits for the school year and the summer must be distributed by September 30, 2023.
Just like in 2022, The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) will announce details about summer P-EBT distribution soon.
We will update this post when the dates are announced but here is the tentative distribution schedule below:
How Much will my Child Receive in Summer 2023 P-EBT Benefits?
Each eligible child will receive a maximum of $120 for the summer according to the tentative distribution schedule below.
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Who is Eligible for 2023 Georgia P-EBT Benefits?
Children who attended an NSLP-participating school at the end of the school year 22-23 and qualified to receive free or reduced-price meals are eligible for P-EBT benefits during the summer.
Children who establish their eligibility for free or reduced-price meals during the summer are also entitled to receive P-EBT benefits for the entire covered period.
However, children in childcare will not be eligible for P-EBT benefits in summer 2023 if the public health emergency declaration ends as anticipated on May 11, 2023.
2023 Georgia Summer P-EBT Benefits FAQs
Here are the most frequently asked questions about the Georgia Summer P-EBT program for 2023:
What is P-EBT?
P-EBT provides food benefits to families with children who would have received free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) if not for the school closures caused by the pandemic.
Will P-EBT continue in the summer of 2023?
Yes, the P-EBT program will continue to provide benefits during the summer of 2023.
The benefits will be provided to eligible school children during the covered summer period, regardless of the schools’ operating status or individual children’s COVID-related absences and virtual learning days.
Will children in childcare receive P-EBT benefits in the summer of 2023?
If the public health emergency ends on May 11, 2023, as anticipated, children in child care will not be eligible for P-EBT benefits in the summer of 2023.
Can children receive meals through the Summer Food Service Program and P-EBT benefits for the same day during the covered summer period?
Yes, children can receive meals through the Summer Food Service Program and P-EBT benefits for the same day during the covered summer period.
How long Georgia distribute Summer 2023 P-EBT benefits?
All funds, for both the school year and the summer P-EBT must be distributed by September 30, 2023.
2023 Georgia Summer P-EBT Benefits – Summary
We hope this post on the 2023 Georgia Summer P-EBT Benefits was helpful.
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