The coronavirus pandemic has caused too many families to become food insecure. The American Rescue Plan increases the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum benefit by 15 percent through September 30, 2021, improves the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program, and invests more than $5 billion in Pandemic EBT so that low-income families have access to school meals and food assistance during both the school year and summer months.
You can search for a food bank near you here.
Meals for Kids and Students
Many school districts are continuing to distribute grab-and-go meals for all children. You can learn more about Arizona’s National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program here. To find your school’s meal distribution schedule and apply for the school lunch program you should reach out to your school directly. You can find your school district’s website here.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
During the coronavirus pandemic, work requirements for SNAP have been suspended. You can see if you qualify and apply here.
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC serves pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women; infants; and children under the age of five. You can see if you are eligible and apply online or by calling 1(800) 252-5942.
Pandemic EBT(P-EBT) provides assistance to households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals while schools are either closed or offering a full-time or part-time distance learning model due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible families will receive a pre-loaded Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that can be used to purchase groceries. Households currently receiving Nutrition Assistance and/or Cash Assistance benefits will have this additional benefit added to their existing EBT cards. You can see if you qualify and apply here.