Clock is ticking for NYC families: Millions in pandemic food benefits may expire next month

Clock is ticking for NYC families: Millions in pandemic food benefits may expire next month

Millions of dollars in unused NYC pandemic food benefits could begin to expire next month, as the deadline for families to use them rapidly approaches.

The funds — known as the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer, or P-EBT — were sent to all New York City public school families in several rounds over the past four years. They’re intended to help cover costs for meals that would ordinarily be provided at school.

Last year, the state distributed multiple rounds of the benefits, including $120 per child for the summer of 2023, as well as at least $391 per child for the summer of 2022 and the 2021-22 school year. (Funds from the latter disbursement could total as much as $1,671 per child based on COVID-related absences or remote-learning days during the year.)

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