New Mexico to deliver $89 million in food assistance
Benefits allocated for 227,735 school students
SANTA FE – Families for 227,735 New Mexico students will receive benefits starting on September 18 through September 26 to cover the summer months of June and July 2022.
Approximately, $89,044,385 in Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) will be issued to cover summer meals for K-12 students who were eligible for free or reduced priced meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or attended a Community Eligible Provision school that received free meals as of June 30, 2022, for school year 2021-2022. The one-time amount will be $391 to eligible students.
Parents and guardians will be able to check whether their child qualified for the latest P-EBT issuance at the VERIFY P-EBT Information section of the Human Services Department’s YESNM portal on September 20, 2022.
“The goal of Summer P-EBT is to help provide good nutrition to New Mexico’s children for the months they are not in school due to the summer break, “said Angela Medrano, deputy secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department. “In partnership with the Public Education Department, we want to ensure access to food for New Mexican families.”
If your child has a P-EBT card, please keep the card and do not destroy it. If a new address or guardian was reported to the school, a new P-EBT card will be mailed to the new address starting on September 18 through September 26. Mailing can take up to 7-10 business days.
For questions regarding your child’s P-EBT card, you can contact NM PEBT Hotline at 1-833-415-0569 or the HSD Customer Consolidated Customer Service Center at 1-800-283-4465.
HSD is urging all customers to make sure the department has their latest contact information on file to ensure that written communication about their benefits is delivered to them in a timely manner. If customers have recently changed their phone number, they should provide their new contact information on the YESNM website: www.yes.state.nm.us. Customers can simply and easily update their address using the chat functionality there. Step-by-step directions on how to update your address are available here.
Answers to other frequently asked questions can also be found online at: https://www.hsd.state.nm.us/lookingforassistance/p-ebt/
K-12 students do not need to be currently receiving SNAP food benefits in order to qualify for P-EBT.
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The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to 1,070,231 New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program, and several Behavioral Health Services.