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COVID-19 food assistance application deadline extended

The Tennessee Department of Human Services extended the application deadline for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, meaning families in need still have time to apply.

Families with children receiving free or reduced meals at school or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school are eligible to apply through Monday, July 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits do not need to apply as their benefits will be automatically applied to their existing EBT cards.

P-EBT provides parents with $5.70 in food benefits per child for each day that child qualifies.

“P-EBT has been providing important support to families who found themselves facing an unexpected financial burden during the pandemic,” said TDHS Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes. “We want to ensure every eligible family knows about this assistance and has a chance to apply. Helping families through this challenging time is how we will continue building a thriving Tennessee once the pandemic is over.”

Individuals who need assistance completing their P-EBT application or have general questions about the program are encouraged to call the TDHS hotline at 1-833-496-0661
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