Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families of children eligible for free or reduced-price lunch in NYC’s in public schools and private schools are eligible for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits. The total benefit amount is $420 for each eligible child.
This payment represents the value of school meals for the period of time from March when the schools closed until the end of the school year on June 26th. Payments will be issued for each eligible school-aged child between the ages of 5 to 18 living in the household. The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is issuing these payments.
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Single Stop is a safe space that will support you and your family’s needs. There are free programs to help you buy fresh groceries, help you with your taxes, and help you care for your children.
Use the Single Stop online benefit screener to find out what benefit programs you are eligible for.
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a short-term food assistance program that provides nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling, health education, and health care referrals to pregnant women, infants, and children up to age 5.
To see if you qualify for WIC benefits fill out the pre-screening tool on the NYC HRA site. Keep in mind that U.S. Citizenship is not necessary.
Guide to apply for WIC | Spanish guide to apply for WIC
At your WIC appointment, you will receive an eWIC card that works like a debit card. WIC staff will add your benefits to your family’s eWIC account and you will get a list of your family’s WIC benefits for the next three months. This list will have start and end dates for your benefits.
Interested in knowing what types of food you can purchase with your eWIC card? Find a list with approved foods and products at WIC Strong.
Watch the “Shopping with eWIC” video.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal nutrition program that helps families, the elderly, and the disabled afford fresh and healthy food. SNAP provides a debit card that you can use at many groceries and farmers markets.
Guide to apply for SNAP | Spanish guide to apply for SNAP
To find out about the list of approved foods and products you have access to with SNAP visit USA gov.
Watch the video “HRA SNAP”, to learn about the program.