$455 per child in food purchasing assistance
For Hawaii families with children who are struggling to buy food, there's a valuable benefit that can help. It’s called Summer P-EBT.
If your child was:
- enrolled in free or reduced-price lunch at the end of the school year, or
- enrolled in a school that provides free meals to all students through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or another provision, (see list of DOE CEP Schools here) or
- if your keiki under 6 years old received SNAP benefits in June or July
they AUTOMATICALLY qualify for this extra help, and Summer P-EBT benefits will be loaded to your Kokua EBT or Hawaii P-EBT card.
If your child isn’t already enrolled in free or reduced-price school lunch or SNAP, and you are struggling to pay for food for your family, you have until July 31st to apply for one of these programs, and if eligible, you’ll receive Summer P-EBT benefits of $455 per child.
Receiving Summer P-EBT will NOT impact your citizenship or immigration status.
How can children become eligible for Summer P-EBT?
Children under 6
Learn more about applying for SNAP at Financial Assistance / SNAP Application
If your school-aged child is in need and is NOT enrolled in the free or reduced-price school lunch program (and you would like for them to receive P-EBT benefits) apply for free or reduced-price school lunch at EZMealApp.com.
Note: Under "Search for District," type in "DOE."
Charter or private school students
If your charter or private school participates in the National School Lunch Program, contact your school to apply for free or reduced-price school lunch. See a list of NSLP-participating charter and private schools here.
Deadline to apply: July 31, 2022
Learn more: Call 1-888-975-PEBT (7328) or visit Department of Human Services | Summer P-EBT Benefits Begin to Roll-Out on July 19 (hawaii.gov)