The Tate County School system is one of several districts in the state where students are eligible for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) cards.
A statement from the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) said $246 million in P-EBT benefits will be released to Mississippi children before the end of October.
All Tate County Schools except Coldwater Elementary and East Tate Elementary are eligible for P-EBT payments, according to the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
The MDHS website shows P-EBT payments for 2020-21 a qualified child will receive. The amount depends on the number of months that child’s school operated on a virtual schedule ($122.76 per month), a hybrid schedule ($61.38 per month), and an in-person schedule ($0 per month).
Coldwater High School was on a hybrid schedule in September 2020, while Independence High as well as Strayhorn Elementary and Strayhorn High School operated on a hybrid schedule in November 2020.
A complete list of schools qualifying for the school-year P-EBT is on the MDHS website. According to that list, students in the Senatobia Municipal School District will not be receiving the school year P-EBT.
MDHS is issuing two different kinds of P-EBT payments to qualifying families. One is the summer 2021 P-EBT benefits and the other is the school year 2020- 2021 P-EBT benefits. However, some families will not get both.
The cards are like the regular EBT-cards. They can only be used to buy fruit, meat, and other food items. The P-EBT program is meant to make up for the cost of providing food to children during the 2021 summer months and during the 2020-21 academic year when schools were closed because of the pandemic.
According to, MDHS, about 345,000 Mississippi children who qualified for free or reduced meals during the 2020-2021 school year will get the summer benefit, which is a one-time payment of $375.
Approximately 185,000 Mississippi students will receive the 2020-2021 school year benefits. Eligible students would receive a one-time, lump-sum payment if they attended a school that had a predominately hybrid or virtual schedule for at least one month of the 2020-2021 school year. The amount families will receive will vary depending on how much time their school district spent learning virtually during the school year.
Here are the specific requirements for a child to qualify for the school year P-EBT. All three requirements must be met to receive the payment:
• Your child was enrolled in a school that had reduced attendance for at least five consecutive days during the 2020- 2021 school year due to COVID-19
• Your child was enrolled in a school where at least 51% of students participated in virtual or hybrid learning
• Your child was eligible for the free or reduced lunch program during the 2020 -21 school year.
Some families across the state have already received P-EBT cards and they must be activated before they can be used. To activate a P-EBT card for each child, call 1-866-512-5087.
Information regarding how to PIN each child’s card is also available in the document that arrived in the envelope with the child’s P-EBT card. Parents do not need to call the P-EBT call center to activate the card.