EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, also known as the P-EBT, was issued as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but did you know 92% of states continued to send money to those cards?

The P-EBT was part of the U.S. government’s solution to help families pay for food while their children were home due to school closures during the pandemic. If your child received free lunches at school, you may have received an EBT card to purchase food while they were home.

The funding for the P-EBT program comes from federal COVID-19 relief packages, but the distribution and management has been handled by individual states with the approval of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Most of the states — 46 out of 50 — implemented this program during the 2021-2022 school year, and the majority were scheduled to receive benefits from the previous school year sometime between July and December.

Some states, however, have yet to allocate benefits to residents with P-EBT cards, and qualifying residents may still have funds coming their way.

In Ohio, if your child meets the P-EBT eligibility criteria, benefits were provided as follows:

  • The August, September, October, November, December, January and February benefits were issued by the end of June 2022.
  • March benefits were issued by the end of July 2022.
  • April benefits were issued by the end of August 2022.
  • May benefits were issued by the end of September 2022

States that should’ve received benefits for the 2021-2022 school year:

States that should expect P-EBT benefits in the future:

States that don’t plan on sending out P-EBT services according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • South Dakota
  • Kansas

It’s important to note that states may have amended their benefit schedules from what was originally listed on their proposals, so the lists above might reflect exact dates. However, if states managed to stay on schedule, they’re expected to issue benefits by the dates indicated.

Check with your state’s website linked above for more detailed payment information. You can also call the phone number on your existing P-EBT card to check the balance.