Pandemic-EBT

STATE OF NEW MEXICO Human Services Department Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham David R. Scrase, M.D., Cabinet Secretary Angela Medrano, Deputy Cabinet Secretary Kari Armijo, Deputy Cabinet Secretary Karmela Martinez, ISD Director 

Interim Policy & Procedure Memorandum 

ISD IPP 20-19 

TO: ISD Employees 

FROM: Karmela Martinez, ISD Director 

RE: Pandemic-EBT 

DATE: May 15, 2020 

New Mexico has been approved to operate Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), as authorized through the United States The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), to supplement the cost of meals that would have otherwise been consumed at schools for students that qualify for free or reduced-priced-meals (FRPM). Approximately 245,000 New Mexico children were eligible for FRPM in participating schools the during 2019-2020 school year. Children otherwise eligible for FRPM, if not for the closure of their school during a public health emergency designation will receive P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits will cover March 16, 2020 through June 19, 2020. 

The P-EBT benefit amount is calculated at $5.70 per child, per school day prorated for each month: 

• March P-EBT benefits will be $68.40 per child. 

• April P-EBT benefits will be $125.40 per child. 

• May P-EBT benefits will be $119.70 per child. 

• June P-EBT benefits will be $85.50 per child. 

P-EBT benefits will not be rounded like regular SNAP and will be issued in exact amounts for each month. P- EBT benefits will only show on the Benefit Issuance page and will display as “P-EBT.” The case will not show P-EBT benefits on eligibility summary, only on the Benefit Issuance page. Please refer to release notes 8.0 for any questions regarding how P-EBT benefits will display in ASPEN. 

The Public Education Department (PED) will identify all FRPM eligible children and send that data to HSD to issue P-EBT benefits. All eligibility determinations for P-EBT will be completed by PED while HSD will issue the P-EBT benefits. Households who did not receive a P-EBT benefit but believe they are eligible or have 

Income Support Division PO Box 2348 – Santa Fe, NM 87504 Phone: (505) 827-7250 Fax: (505) 827-7203 

questions about P-EBT can contact their local school district. 

P-EBT benefits will be issued in 4 phases, please see the chart below for description of the phases and tentative issuance dates. 

Phases of P-EBT Issuance Number of Households Served Date of Issuance Individuals in Phase 1 - Active SNAP/TANF 

87,582 5/18/2020 

Individuals in Phase 2 - Active Medicaid 

50,698 6/7/2020 

Individuals in Phase 3 - Not active on any Program, but known to ASPEN 

18,218 6/7/2020 

Individuals in Phase 4 - Not Known to ASPEN 

88,370 6/27/2020 

For questions regarding this IPP please refer to waiver at: https://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/resource- files/NM-SNAP-COV-PEBT-Approval%20Letter.pdf 

Or contact Gavino Archuleta, SNAP Program Manager, via e-mail at Gavino.Archuleta@state.nm.us or by telephone at 505-827-7244. Attachment: Pandemic EBT Frequently Asked Questions 

Students eligible for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school can get food benefits. This is in addition to their pickup meals from school. These extra food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT. The child will get $5.70 for each weekday that they would have been in school. That is from March 16 through June 19, 2020. Who will get P-EBT? All children who can get free or reduced-price school meals are eligible. So are those who go to a school where all students get free breakfast and lunch. Households can get P-EBT regardless of immigration status. P-EBT will not be considered when determining public charge. How will you get P-EBT Benefits? Eligible families get funds on an EBT card. (It is like a debit card). You will get the P-EBT funds on your current EBT card if you have one. That is if you have an active SNAP or TANF case. If you do not, a P-EBT card with the funds on the card will be mailed. It will go to the address that your child's school district has on file. P-EBT cards will begin to go out around June 7, 2020. Where can you use your P-EBT Benefits? What can you buy? P-EBT funds can be used to buy food wherever you can use SNAP EBT. Look for signs that say, "We accept SNAP EBT." Visit www.fns.usda.gov/snap. There is more there on which stores you can use. There is more there on eligible food items. 

Does P-EBT replace sites serving free school meals? Your household may still be able to pick up meals at your children’s school. The P-EBT benefits are in addition to these meals. Do you need to apply for P-EBT? No. If your child gets free or reduced-price meals at school, they are already enrolled in P-EBT. If they go to a school where all students get free meals, they are already enrolled in P-EBT. 

If your child does not now get free or reduced-price meals, but you believe he/she may be eligible, contact your child's school district. 

Help Feed Your Children with Pandemic EBT 

 

P-EBT FAQ 

Q. Why am I getting this? 

A. The P-EBT benefit was enacted with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to supplement the free or 

reduced priced meals your child would receive if their school was not closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Q. How can I get this benefit? 

A. For people who feel like they may now be eligible for P-EBT due to a change in their household’s circumstances, 

they can apply for P-EBT with their local school districts. 

Q. What is it for? 

A. The P-EBT benefit is to supplement the free or reduced priced meals your child would receive if their school 

was not closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Q. When does it start? 

A. March 16, 2020 

Q. When does it end? A. June 19, 2020 

Q. How much will I be getting? 

A. Benefits vary from month-to-month and are calculated at a daily rate of $5.70 per day, per child. Benefits will 

be issued retroactively to households from a start date of March 16, 2020. 

March will have a benefit of $68.40 April will have a benefit of $125.40 May will have a benefit of $119.70 June will have a benefit of $85.50 

Benefits will not be rounded; customers will be issued the actual amount. 

Q. How are benefits being issued? 

A. People who have an active SNAP or TANF case will receive the P-EBT benefit on their current EBT card in 

middle-to-late May. All others will be mailed, to the address on file with PED, a P-EBT card with their benefits on it in a second wave. For people who feel like they may be eligible now due to loss of a job or loss in income can apply with their local school districts. 

Q. What do I do if I need a replacement P-EBT card? 

A. Call FIS Customer Service at 1-800-843-8303. 

Income Support Division PO Box 2348 – Santa Fe, NM 87504 Phone: (505) 827-7250 Fax: (505) 827-7203 

Q. If a child is known to ASPEN but does not have an active SNAP case, how do we notify the parent that they have 

benefits on their EBT card? 

A. If the child is currently receiving free or reduced school meals and does not have an active SNAP or TANF case, 

they will be mailed a P-EBT card using PED’s address on file. 

Q. If the household only has Medicaid, and no EBT card has been issued, will an EBT card be sent? 

A. If the child is currently receiving free or reduced school meals and only has Medicaid, they will be mailed a P- 

EBT card using PED’s address on file. 

Q. Where can I use it? 

A. The P-EBT benefit is used the same as SNAP. This benefit is used to purchase SNAP eligible foods at grocery 

stores, convenience stores, farmer’s markets and other businesses that accept SNAP. 

Q. Can I still pick up meals from my kid’s school while I have P-EBT? 

A. Yes. 

Q. My child is not a citizen but gets free or reduced meals, can they still get the P-EBT? 

A. As long as a child would receive free or reduced school meals, they are eligible for P-EBT regardless of 

immigration status. Receipt of P-EBT does not fall under Public Charge. 

Q. Will this impact me becoming a citizen? 

A. Receipt of P-EBT does not fall under Public Charge. 

Q. I have my child but someone else received the P-EBT benefit, why? And what can I do to get the benefit? 

A. The address the P-EBT card will be mailed to and the name the P-EBT card will be under in will be assigned using the information your school district has on file. Please contact your local school district to update your information. 

Income Support Division PO Box 2348 – Santa Fe, NM 87504 Phone: (505) 827-7250 Fax: (505) 827-7203 





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