Hardin County Schools is helping families who want to apply for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program.

According to a news release, the P-EBT program is a financial resource for families with students who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals because of COVID-19.

It provides households with an EBT card with up to $313.50 per student to spend on food at home for students.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Community Based Services and the Ken­tucky Department of Edu­cation are partnering in providing this benefit to families as quickly as possible.

The program seeks to aid these specific groups:

• Group 1: CHFS direct certification public school students who currently are enrolled and who are receiving SNAP benefits on an active EBT card will automatically receive additional money for P-EBT added on to their existing card. Currently enrolled students who are receiving Medicaid or KTAP benefits based on income levels below the income guidelines, or who are in foster care, automatically will receive a P-EBT card in the mail.

• Group 2: All other eligible public school students – beginning Monday and for the next 30 days – all other eligible public school families will be able to opt-in to receive the benefit by applying on benefind.ky.gov/. Benefits will be processed immediately upon confirmation the student had access to free or reduced lunch.

• Group 3: Families of students who attend a school that has the Community Eligibility Provision. All students who attend a CEP school receive free lunch and the families of those students are eligible for the P-EBT program. To complete the application process, parents/guardians must submit the student’s Statewide Student Identification number.

Hardin County Schools is able to provide the identification number to families who do not have it.

Parents also can log into their Infinite Campus Parent Portal account to find the SSID number. If parents do not have a Parent Portal login username and password, they must contact their child’s school to obtain an initial login number.

However, with limited staff at schools during the summer break, parents also may email ssid@hardin.kyschools.us with the child’s name, the school the child attended in the 2019-20 school year and the student’s birth date.

Specific information on the assistance the district can offer can be found under the Quick Links section of the HCS website by clicking SSID Number Assistance.

Hardin County Schools officials can only provide the SSID number. Questions about the benefit program and a family’s eligibility can be answered atbenefind.ky.gov or by emailing pebt.info@ky.gov. Information and data required for the program are based on the 2019-20 school year.

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