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Online applications for free food for CA kids are now open

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Posted at 5:06 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 20:06:07-04

The California Department of Social Services is mailing food cards worth up to $365 per child to the families of about two million children. Many have already received the cards, but the families of another 1.8 million will need to apply online.

The payment cards are labeled "P-EBT" which stands for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer. The payments are in addition to any other aid your child may already be receiving.

Children may continue to receive "grab n go" meals or emergency food at COVID-19 emergency feeding sites offered by schools and community locations, even if they are receiving P-EBT benefits.

Online applications open May 22 and will close on June 30. After that, no more applications will be accepted.

Click here to apply.

If you apply online and do not receive your P-EBT card, call California's EBT customer service center at (877) 328-9677. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.