New Mexico Extends Food Benefits to 65,000 Children Ages 0-5 for August and September

The New Mexico Human Services Department has announced that families of 65,000 children aged zero to five will receive additional food benefits for August and September.

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Additional funding for SNAP benefits in New Mexico. (Photo: CNET)

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The benefits will be issued in monthly amounts, with the August and September benefits being issued from April 19 to 21. To be eligible, children must have been enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and under six years old between August 1, 2022 and May 11, 2023.

Benefits for October and November 2022 will be issued in May, December 2022 and January 2023 in June, February and March 2023 in July, and April and May 2023 in August, according to a published article in KFOX14.

The P-EBT 2022-2023 childcare year issuances will be the last cycle of issuances for ages zero to five due to the end of the federal public health emergency on May 11, 2023. However, qualifying school-aged children will receive a last summer month P-EBT issuance in the upcoming months.

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Human Services Department Encouraged Families in New Mexico to Contact FIS

The Human Services Department will issue new P-EBT cards to newly eligible children and to those with a recent change in guardian or address. The department has encouraged families to contact FIS, the P-EBT card vendor, directly at 1-800-843-8303 with any questions about P-EBT cards.

Kari Armijo, the acting secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department, said that this additional assistance would help New Mexico’s children grow up happy and healthy.

The department collaborated with the Early Childhood Education and Care Department to issue the P-EBT benefits. The Pandemic-EBT 2022-2023 childcare year issuances will be issued on a gradual schedule.

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