Child Care Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) provides benefits to eligible children in a SNAP household. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has given approval to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to continue to issue P-EBT benefits due to child care facilities continuing to operate with reduced attendance and/or reduced hours.
Here are some commonly asked questions about Child Care Pandemic P-EBT food benefits for Illinois residents:
Child Care P-EBT provides benefits to eligible children in a SNAP household.
The child must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
If your child turned 6 on 10/01/2022, then your child does not qualify for Child Care P-EBT benefits. The child must be under the age of 6 as of 10/01/2022.
No, you do not need to apply for Child Care P-EBT. Benefits will be issued to the household's existing Illinois Link card. If you no longer receive SNAP benefits and need to order a new card, you may do so by calling 1-800-678-5465 (LINK) or visiting www.link.Illinois.gov to manage your Link EBT account or to order a new card. Availability will be based upon your regular SNAP availability date.
Benefits will be available for August 2022 through December 2022 in July 2023. The July availability dates are as follows:
Benefits for January 2023 through May 2023 will be issued in August. The August availability dates are as follows:
If your child is eligible, the child received $26.21 for each eligible month for the months of August 2022 to December 2022. For August 2023 through April 2023, eligible children will receive $20.47 for each eligible month and $10.23 for May 2023 (pro-rated due to the PHE ending 05/11/2023)
I am worried about receiving Child Care P-EBT because of my immigration status. Will getting this benefit count in a public charge test?
No. It is important to know that Child Care P-EBT will not count in a public charge test. All students are eligible regardless of immigration status. Read Protecting Immigrant Families: Public Charge - Know Your Rights (pdf) for information about what public benefits impact the public charge test.
If my child was under 6 as of 10/01/2022 and enrolled in a public school and received school P-EBT benefits, can they also receive Child Care P-EBT?
No. If your child was under the age of 6 as of 10/01/2022 and was enrolled in a participating school and is already receiving school P-EBT benefits, your child is NOT eligible for Child Care P-EBT benefits.
If I am currently receiving SNAP and have a Link Card, can Child Care P-EBT benefits be loaded on the card?
Yes. A child's Child Care P-EBT benefits will be loaded onto your household's Illinois Link card, as long as they meet criteria to receive benefits.
I received Child Care P-EBT benefits for my child, but I do not need nor want them. What do I do?
If you received Child Care P-EBT benefits, but do not need nor want them, you can contact the contact the FCRC to voluntarily return the benefit.
If my child receives Child Care P-EBT, can I still get food pantry benefits?
Yes. Your participation in government programs does not affect your ability to get food from the food pantry.
If you have an existing case for SNAP, Cash or Medical benefits, use ABE Manage My Case (MMC) to report your change of address or call the Link hotline at 1-800-678-5465.
No. You do not need to spend your Child Care P-EBT benefit in the month they were issued. However, you must make a purchase in any amount within 274 days (9 months) of the benefit issuance to avoid having benefits expunged from your EBT account due to inactivity.
Yes, as long as you meet the Child Care P-EBT eligibility requirements, you can receive WIC and Child Care P-EBT.
Yes, if you apply for SNAP benefits and are approved, you may qualify to get Child Care P-EBT Benefits for same months your child is approved to receive SNAP.
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