CHICAGO, Ill. (WGEM) – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced Monday that Illinois has been approved to provide around 316,000 Illinois households with additional SNAP benefits.
The USDA authorized and will fund Illinois’ Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This will bring food benefits to all school-aged children who are eligible for free or reduced meals.
The benefit will be issued to all SNAP households with school-aged children.
Also, the new benefits will automatically be added to family Link cards. Those who are eligible for the additional benefits will start receiving them April 20th, though April 30th.
“No child should ever have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, especially during a public health emergency,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Expanding SNAP benefits for children who are home from school will help more families stay safe and healthy.”
The Pandemic EBT program will provide SNAP households in Illinois with around $112 million in additional benefits for their children.
According to state officials, the benefits are calculated using a $5.70 per day and per student calculation.
Illinois will be issuing these benefits based on a total of 10 missed school days in March and 22 missed school days in April. May benefits will also be issued in the month of May.
Households with school-aged children who are eligible for free or reduced meals, but do not currently receive SNAP benefits will be able to submit a simplified application for P-EBT benefits as early as next week, using the ABE.Illinois.gov online portal or by completing a paper application that will be available at the IDHS website at dhs.state.il.us.