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P-EBT 2.0 Eligibility & More Information

Young children are eligible for P-EBT 2.0 if between October 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021, they were:
  • Age 0-6 years old; and
  • Part of a household getting CalFresh food benefits; and
  • Living in a county where at least one school facility is closed or is limiting in-person instruction.
School aged children are eligible for P-EBT 2.0 if they were:
  • Enrolled at a school for school year 2020-21 that participated in the federal School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program; and
  • Eligible to get free or reduced-price meals for school year 2020-21; and
  • Assumed to have attended school via all distance learning or a hybrid of all distance learning and in-person learning at least some days of the week during school year 2020-21. 
 
P-EBT 2.0 cards for eligible young children will be automatically mailed beginning early July 2021 through August 2021, while P-EBT 2.0 cards for eligible school age children will be automatically mailed beginning early August 2021 through November 2021. Cards will be mailed by age group in alphabetical order based on the first name of the eligible child. There is NO P-EBT 2.0 application.
 
Children eligible for free school meals based on their attendance at a school where all children can get free breakfast, lunch, or both, are also eligible for P-EBT and will get a card automatically in the mail. This is true even if the child did not individually apply for free or reduced-price school meals. Families who feel they do not need P-EBT benefits can choose to not accept P-EBT benefits by destroying their card before using it.
 
Do not throw your card away as it will be reloaded with additional benefits. Each eligible child will receive their own P-EBT 2.0 card. The first issuance will provide benefits for the months of October 2020 to January 2021 and a second issuance coming later provides benefits for February 2021 to May 2021. If California is approved to provide Summer P-EBT benefits, a third issuance will provide benefits for June 2021 to August 2021.
P-EBT 2.0 does not:
  • Require sign-up or an application;
  • Affect other benefits you may be receiving;
  • Impact immigration or make the recipient a public charge;
For more information, please visit the P-EBT website at https://ca.p-ebt.org/
 
Over the summer of 2020, P-EBT provided food benefits to eligible school aged children for the months of March, April, May, and June 2020. Recently, California was approved to provide additional P-EBT benefits to children who already received P-EBT benefits for the months of August and September 2020. This is referred to as the “P-EBT Extension.”
Children eligible for P-EBT extension benefits:
  • Previously received P-EBT benefits for the 2019-20 school year;
  • Are attending a California K-12 school for the 2020-21 school year; and
  • Are assumed to be attending school virtually or via a hybrid model of virtual and in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year.
Under the P-EBT extension, each eligible child will receive a new P-EBT card with P-EBT benefits for the months of August and September 2020. These new P-EBT cards will be mailed directly to families in late October through late December. Eligible families do not need to apply to receive P-EBT extension benefits.
IMPORTANT: Children who are newly eligible for free or reduced-price school meals for the 2020-21 school year are not eligible for P-EBT extension benefits and will be served under the second P-EBT program described below.
 
If you have questions about your P-EBT benefits, call the P-EBT Helpline at (877) 328-9677. Please note, we cannot assist with questions about P-EBT eligibility or issuing new benefits.

 

COVID-19 Rent Relief

Income-eligible renters and their landlords impacted by COVID-19 will now be eligible to receive 100% of unpaid or future rent. Additionally, CA COVID-19 Rent Relief applicants who were previously paid at a lower amount will also be compensated the difference to receive 100% coverage – no need to reapply!

 

California’s critical eviction protections have also been extended through September 30, 2021, to help keep Californians housed. Visit HousingIsKey.com or call 830-430-2122 to apply. If you’ve already applied to the program, log in to the application portal to check your status. 

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Catholic Rainbow Outreach
11419 Carmenita Road Whittier, CA, 90605
(562) 556-4449
Distribution every Monday - Wednesday from 10:30am until supplies last. Distribution every Friday from 10:30am until supplies last. Distribution every 2nd , 4th and 5th Saturday of the month from 10:30am until supplies last.
 
Interfaith Food Center   
Office Address: 11819 Burke Street, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: 562-903-1478
Food pantry open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8:00 am -12:00 pm and Tuesday Evening 2:30 pm -6:30 pm
  • All participants must be a permanent resident of Whittier, LA Mirada, or Santa Fe Springs.
  • Must present a California picture identification card/ license when participating in the drive-thru service.
  • There is currently no requirement to apply or show proof of income.
  • Participants must stay in their car with the window up, must show ID card through the car's window, and food will be loaded into the trunk of their vehicle.
 
 
First Family Church Food Pantry
8434 S. Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier CA 90602
(562) 698-6737
Food distribution on Saturdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. No documentation needed.
 
Salvation Army
7926 Pickering Avenue, Whittier CA 90602
(562) 698-8348
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Food boxes, hygiene kits, diapers, motel vouchers
 

Los Nietos Community & Senior Center

EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Food Distribution is by appointment ONLY.

To schedule your appointment each month, please call (562) 699-9898

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

Currently serving all of Whittier and neighboring cities

Regular service areas: 90605 and 90606

 
City Reach Church Food Pantry
7106 Sorensen Ave. Whittier CA 90606
(562) 698-2564
Sundays 11a.m.-1 p.m. (10 a.m. early access for elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with disabilities)
Tuesdays 5 p.m.-7 p.m. (4 p.m. early access for elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with disabilities)
Thursday 5 p.m.-7 p.m. (4 p.m. early access for elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with disabilities)
 
YMCA of Greater Whittier   Click here for more information
Free meal services, for children 18 and under, at their Uptown Whittier location (12510 Hadley Street), Monday-Friday from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm and at the East Whittier location (15740 Starbuck Street) Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Each meal pick-up includes 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunch meals. At both locations, weekend meal kits are available and can be picked up during Friday’s distribution. This includes 3 breakfast meals and 3 lunch meals.

 

LA Regional Food Bank
Drive-Thru Food Distribution at Cerritos College
11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk CA 90650
Wednesday, April 29th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday May 12th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday May 20th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Lot 10 - New Falcon Way Entrance (Only enter Lot 10 using New Falcon Way Entrance on Studebaker Rd.)
Limited walk-up service available for those without cars. No parking will be allowed on campus. Those driving cannot leave their vehicles.
Over 30 lbs. of food provided per household, while supplies last.
 
Saint Matthias Episcopal Church of Whittier
The Soup Hour meal is served every weekday at 3 PM in the courtyard just north of the Saint Matthias sanctuary, at 7056 Washington Avenue in Whittier. The meal is fully complimentary. Soup Hour guests may be interested in taking advantage of other services and amenities we provide, including U.S. mail service, hygiene kits, funds for public transportation, and information about various social services. To learn more, please come to the Saint Matthias office, located at the northeast corner of the courtyard and open from 9 AM to 4 PM every weekday. 
 
 
The California Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Call or text 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) for services in English, Spanish and other languages.  For more information, please visit: https://caparentyouthhelpline.org/