Neil Rickard

Neil Rickard

July 26, 2021

P-EBT (Español)

FAQ: PEBT y PEBT de Verano PEBT & Summer PEBT

EBT para el año académico 2020-2021

Importante: Si no llenó una solicitud para comidas gratis o a precio reducido antes del 17 de mayo, es demasiado tarde para calificar para P-EBT para año escolar 2020-2021. Sin embargo, todavía hay tiempo para calificar para P-EBT de verano. Visite la sección Summer PEBT 2021 para obtener más información.

Problemas

  • P: Recuerdo haber inscrito a mi hijo en comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido antes del 17 de mayo, pero no recibí PEBT. ¿Qué tengo que hacer?

R: Primero llame al distrito escolar de su hijo. También puede llamar a la escuela de su hijo, pero algunas escuelas están cerradas. Pregunte si su hijo está en la lista de estudiantes que calificaron para recibir comidas gratis o a precio reducido.

Debería haber recibido un número de confirmación si calificó para comidas gratis o a precio reducido. Busque el número y llame a la línea directa P-EBT de DWS (833) 940-2990 y explique su situacion.

Preguntas sobre P-EBT:

  • P: ¿Cómo sé si mi hijo era elegible para los beneficios de P-EBT?

R: Si su hijo se encuentra en alguna de estas circunstancias: Mi hijo calificó para recibir comidas gratis o a precio reducido antes del 17 de mayo; mi hijo atendió a una escuela designada CEP [hyperlink]; mi hogar recibe beneficios de SNAP.

  • P: ¿Se requirió una solicitud para esta programa?

R: No hubo una solicitud para P-EBT. Sin embargo, su hijo debe haberse inscrito para comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido antes del 17 de mayo, que tiene su propia solicitud. Comuníquese con su escuela o distrito local si desea solicitar comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido. Utahns Against Hunger tiene una herramienta para encontrar la solicitud para comidas gratis o a precios reducidos de su distrito.

  • P: ¿Los distritos enviarán las tarjetas de PEBT o cuál es el procedimiento que está realizando?

A: Si. Por escuelas dentro de un distrito. PEBT tiene una lista de escuelas.

https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/pebt/

  • P: ¿Cómo se determina la cantidad que recibe cada familia en su tarjeta de P-EBT?

R: La cantidad varía según los días que tomaron clases en línea. Cuando digo "clases en línea", me refiero a días predeterminados por el distrito. Los días que sus hijos pasaron en línea debido a una enfermedad o cualquier otro motivo personal no cuentan.

DWS publicó una lista de escuelas incluidas en la segunda emision en junio.

https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/pebt/pebtschools.pdf

También tienen una tabla que explica el patrón de aprendizaje de cada escuela por mes.

I- "En persona", por lo que no hay beneficios.

H- "Híbrido" significa un poco menos de $ 40 por mes.

V- "Virtual" significa alrededor de $ 130 por mes.

  • P: Las tarjetas están llegando por emisiones, algunas fueron en mayo, junio, julio, ¿cómo sabrá la gente cuando llegará PEBT a sus hijos?

R: Los pagos del PEBT se distribuyen por emisiones. Las emisiones no tienen fecha fija y rápida. El mes que reciba depende de cuándo su distrito informó los datos de todas las escuelas dentro del distrito. Los pagos son retroactivos. Significa que los pagos de los meses que no te tocan, se acumulan y la acumulación se produce en el primer pago que recibiras. Por ejemplo: si reciben su primer pago en junio, recibirán el pago de mayo más el pago de junio en el primer pago. No reciben menos porque reciben pagos en meses posteriores.

Debido a la escasez nacional de procesamiento, las tarjetas están tardando mucho más de lo que esperadamos. Todas las familias que califiquen recibirán el beneficio completo, pero muchas tarjetas pueden demorarse hasta más tarde en el verano. Se les ha dicho a las familias que llaman que esperen retrasos de alrededor de un mes.

Verano PEBT 2021

  • P: ¿Qué es P-EBT de Verano?

R: Es una extensión del PEBT regular para apoyar a las familias en el período en que los niños no están en la escuela. Como PEBT normal pero para verano. La gran diferencia sería que no se distribuirá por emisiones. Se distribuirá en un único pago.

  • P: ¿Quién sería elegible para PEBT de verano?

R: Si su hijo se encuentra en alguna de estas circunstancias: Mi hijo calificó para recibir comidas gratis o a precio reducido antes del 17 de mayo; mi hijo atendió a una escuela designada CEP ; mi hogar recibe beneficios de SNAP.

  • P: ¿Se requiere una solicitud para el P-EBT de verano?

R: No hubo una solicitud para P-EBT. P-EBT se distribuye a las familias de los estudiantes en escuelas calificadas que también han solicitado y han sido aceptedos para comidas gratuitas o a precio reducidas a través de su escuela. Los estudiantes que soliciten y han sido aceptados para comidas gratis o a precio reducido antes del 1 de agosto tienen la oportunidad de ser incluidos en la lista de Summer P-EBT. Nada está garantizado, así que entreguen sus aplicaciones lo mas antes posible.

Consulte el sitio web de su distrito para llenar una solicitud para comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido. Tambien puede imprimir y completar una solicitud aquí. Entreguen solicitudes en papel a su escuela o distrito. Los niños en las escuelas del CEP no necesitan postularse

  • P: ¿Dónde puedo enviar una solicitud en papel?

R: Si no puede enviar una solicitud en línea, las solicitudes en papel se pueden entreguar al distrito. Nosotros recomendamos a los padres que llamen primero a la escuela de sus hijos, si está cerrada llamen al distrito para averiguar exactamente en qué parte del distrito se puede entregar, normalmente será la oficina principal.

July 06, 2021

Pantry Survey

The last year and a half has been challenging for all Utahns. Low-income households have been impacted particularly hard. Over the last year more Utahns struggled to access enough food. According Northwestern University’s analysis of Census Pulse data, food insecurity spiked across the country. In Utah food insecurity was at its highest in December 2020 when it hit 19.3% or nearly 1 in 5 Utah households. For Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) households the impact was more severe, with Black and Latinx households experiencing food insecurity rates at nearly twice the rate as white households.

Over the last year Utahns Against Hunger (UAH) surveyed community food pantries and food banks across to the state, now we are eager to share the results of 2021 Food Pantry Survey. The survey was administered with the goal of understanding four issues within pantries statewide:

  • Funding and funding gaps;
  • Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Barriers for groups more likely to experience food insecurity; and
  • Client choice—for the purposes of this report, this included culturally relevant food choices for immigrant and refugee communities.

UAH surveyed 116 individual pantries representing 87 organizations. 57 organizations responded. UAH also conducted, in collaboration with community partners, 2 focus groups with 13 participants total, and 1 online questionnaire in which 19 individuals participated.

Survey results show a quarter of pantries reported a funding gap in 2020; Utah’s pantries are still reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and are still experiencing increased demand for services; a large swath of pantries statewide require application for service, proof of identification and income verification for services, which create barriers for clients to access emergency food; pantries suspended client choice—the ability for clients to select their own food—during the pandemic but are looking to resume these services as the state reopens.


Utahns Against Hunger is joining Feeding America and the Food Research and Action Center in the Fill Empty Plates campaign to boost SNAP benefits.

The Salt Lake Tribune is covering the ongoing roll-out of P-EBT benefits in Utah.

Utahns Against Hunger will be working with DWS to conduct outreach for the program, which will provide $308 per child for eligible families to spend on groceries.

Families who were eligible for Free or Reduced school meals from March 16th through May 29th, and Utahs Against Hunger will be providing more information for potential applicants as outreach ramps up in August.

July 14, 2020

P-EBT

FAQ PEBT & Summer PEBT

P-EBT for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Important note: If you did not fill out an application for free or reduced-price meals before May 17, it is too late to qualify for P-EBT for the 2020-2021 academic year. However, there is still time to qualify for summer P-EBT. Go to Summer PEBT 2021 section for more information.

Problems

  • Q: I recall enrolling my child in free-or-reduced price meals before May 17, but I didn’t receive PEBT. What should I do?

A: First call your child’s school district.  You can also call your child’s school, but some schools are closed. Ask if your child is on the list of students who qualified for free or reduced-price meals.

You should have received a confirmation number if you qualified for free or reduced-price meals. Locate the number and call DWS’s P-EBT hotline (833)-940-2990 to report your problem.

 

General Questions:

  • Q: How do I know if my child was eligible for P-EBT benefits?

A: If your child falls under any of these circumstances: My child qualified for free or reduced-price meals before May 17; my child is attending a CEP school designated school; my household receives SNAP benefits.   

  • Q: Was an application required for this program?

A: There was no application for P-EBT. However, your child needed to have been signed up by May 17 for free or reduced-price school lunch, which has its own application. Contact your local school or district if you would like to apply for free or reduced-price meals. Utahns Against Hunger has a tool for contacting your school.

  • Q: Will PEBT cards be sent by districts or what is the procedure you are doing?

A: Yes. By schools within a district. PEBT has a list of schools.

https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/pebt/pebtschools.pdf

  • Q: How is the amount each family receives on their P-EBT card determined?

A: The amount varies according to the days they took classes online. When I say “classes online,” I mean days predetermined by the district. Days your children took online due to illness or any other personal reason do not count.

DWS released a list of schools included in the second PEBT broadcast

https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/pebt/pebtschools.pdf

They also have a chart that explains the learning pattern for each school by month.

I - "In person", so there are no benefits

H- "Hybrid" means a little less than $ 40 per month.

V- "Virtual" means about $ 130 per month.

  • Q: The cards are arriving by time, some were in May, June, July, how will people know when PEBT will arrive to their children?

A: PEBT payments are distributed by emissions. The emissions do not have a fixed and fast date. Which month you receive depends on when your district reported data for all schools within the district. Payments are retroactive. It means that the payments of the months that do not have payments, accumulate and the accumulation occurs in the first payment. For example: If they get their first payment in June, they will receive the May payment plus the June payment in the first payment. They do not receive less because they receive payments in later months.

Because of a nationwide shortage of ebt processing, cards are taking much longer than expected to reach families. Every family that qualifies will receive the full benefit, but many cards may be delayed until later in the summer.  Families calling in have been told to expect delays of around a month.

Summer PEBT 2021

  • Q: What is Summer P-EBT?

A: It is an extension of the regular PEBT to support families in the period when children are not in school. Like regular PEBT but for summer. The big difference would be that it will not be released by emissions. It will be given in a single payment.

  • Q: Who would be eligible for the summer PEBT?

A: If your child falls under any of these circumstances: My child qualified for free or reduced-price meals before August 1; my child is attending a CEP designated school; my household receives SNAP benefits.   

  • Q: Is an application required for summer P-EBT?

A: There was no application for P-EBT. P-EBT goes out to the families of students at qualifying schools who had also successfully applied for free and reduced meals through their school. Students who apply successfully for free or reduced meals before August 1st will automatically be included in the list for Summer P-EBT.  

Check your district website for online free or reduced applications or print and fill out an application here. Submit paper applications to your school or district. Children at CEP schools do not need to apply

  • Q: Where can I submit a paper application?

A: If you cannot submit an application online, paper applications can be submitted to the district. I recommend parents call their child's school first and if it is closed call the district to find out exactly where in the district it can be delivered, this will typically be the main

Resources:

https://uah.org/get-help/school-meals

Join us Thursday, July 21st on Facebook Live as we talk to Sen. Romney's office about further legislative responses to the COVID-19 crisis!

DWS has issued a public notice here on extending maximum benefits to SNAP customers through June. Benfits will continue being issued up to the maximum allotment. Click the link above for more details.

Utahns Against Hunger joins with other social justice organizations to stand with Black, Indigenous and People of Color in their pursuit of justice and their fight to dismantle racism. We believe that we all have the right to feel safe in our homes, parks and streets. The color of one’s skin should not make anyone a target for violence.

Recent incidents of racism have shown that we still have a lot of work to do make the United States a place where Black, Indigenous and People of Color are safe from the fear of violence and brutality. We believe that we must work with our community leaders and take guidance from them on how best to achieve that goal. As an organization, we recognize there is more work to do to address the kind of inequality that leads communities of color to experience higher incidences of poverty, food insecurity and hunger.

For 40 years Utahns Against Hunger has been working to increase access to food through advocacy, outreach and education, and we recognize that our work must be more deliberate in addressing the inequities in the food system. As a board, and staff we will look to community leaders for guidance and leadership as we confront these problems.

As we all navigate these turbulent waters, we extend our love, share your rage and hope to come through this together to a more just and equitable world for all.

Utahns Against Hunger Board:
Kevin Mass - Board Chair
Afton January
Tracy Price
Kristie Thorp

Utahns Against Hunger Staff:
Gina Cornia - Executive Director
Alex Cragun - Food Security Advocate
Neil Rickard - Child Nutrition Advocate                                                                 

In an effort to understand how emergency food pantries are being impacted by the economic fallout from the COVID 19 pandemic Utahns Against Hunger conducted an informal survey of 120 emergency food pantries statewide. The survey was conducted between April 1-14, 2020. The results provide some insight about the challenges being faced by pantries, the changes to their food distribution structures and identify critical needs they will need in order to continue to provide food for their communities.

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