Iowa DHS Announces New Date for Delivery of Pandemic Food Assistance Cards

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Human Services announced a new date for the delivery of Pandemic Food Assistance Benefits cards. Eligible children and families in Iowa can expect to receive their benefits cards by August 5th at the latest. That's one week later than the previously announced date of July 29th.

The Families First CoronaVirus Act allows states to provide food assistance benefits to households with children in Pre-K through 12th grade who lost access to free or reduced price school meals as schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020.

In Iowa, benefits are distributed in two ways. Households with children who received benefits any time in April, May, or June will have their P-EBT benefits placed on the household's EBT card. The remaining eligible households will receive a benefits card in the mail.

The cards will arrive in white envelopes addressed to the child's name with an Austin, Texas return address. The cards are white with black print and an IOWA P-EBT logo printed at the top. Instructions about how to activate the card will be included.

You can see a picture of the cards and find answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.

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