Louisiana's Pandemic-EBT Plan Approved: Portal Open Until June 8th We are encouraged that Louisiana’s plan to distribute Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). P-EBT is a crisis response nutrition program that has been activated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide financial assistance to families to help feed as many as 611,430 Louisiana students who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures during the pandemic. Families can receive P-EBT benefits even if they receive Emergency Meals to You boxes or continue to pick up meals from their child’s school or another community site. The Louisiana P-EBT application is open now through 4:30 pm on Monday, June 8th.