Residents turn out in droves for student SNAP cards

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Student SNAP card distribution at the Micronesia Mall. (PNC file photo)

Hundreds of residents swamped the Micronesia Mall Center Court this morning for the start of the distribution of Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) cards for students.

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School-aged students are eligible for P-EBT if they were eligible to receive free or reduced-priced school meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP); or if they received such meals because their school is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), but did not receive meals at school due to COVID-related closures or virtual learning.

The cards are federally funded and offered through the Food and Nutrition Services of the United States Department of Agriculture.

The card distribution at the Micronesia Mall will go on until Aug. 27 and then resume from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.

In all these dates, the distribution time is from 11 am to 6:30 pm.

While hard copy issuance forms are available at the distribution site, DPHSS and GDOE recommend that parents download, complete and print issuance forms prior to arriving at the distribution site.

The P-EBT Card distribution requirements are as follows:

Register at tinyurl.com/pebtguam

Bring a valid picture ID such as a Driver’s License, Guam ID, military ID or Passport. Photocopies of ID’s are not accepted.

You must be the registered parent/guardian for your child with GDOE. If you are not the registered parent/guardian, a P-EBT card WILL NOT be issued to you. If your child is an active member in another SNAP household, then a card will be issued to the head of household in that SNAP case.

For example, Jane has 3 children (Angela, Nora and Joseph). Jane is receiving SNAP benefits for herself and her two children (Angela and Nora). Her 3rd Child (Joseph) is living with Auntie Maria. Auntie Maria is also receiving SNAP and Joseph is a household member in her SNAP case. Therefore, Jane will receive Angela’s and Nora’s P-EBT Cards, while Auntie Maria will receive Joseph’s P-EBT Card.

If the parent/guardian name is not listed, a DPHSS Student Verification of Enrollment Form will be issued at the distribution site. This form will be taken back to the child’s respective school where GDOE staff will complete and validate the form. Parents will then return the form to the troubleshooting table at the distribution site.

The SNAP benefits will be loaded in September 2021 and specific dates will be announced. The P-EBT card can be used once benefits are loaded. Benefits are valid for only one year.

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