Do you need a helping hand during COVID-19? You could receive up to $365 per child in pandemic benefits in California. Qualifying families who already receive Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) payments from the state already qualify.\nKRON4 News reports that Governor Gavin Newsom announced the addition of pandemic benefits to families in need.\nHow does this new pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program work?\nEligible families who already receive CalFresh benefits will automatically receive a one-time payment of $365 per child on a preloaded debit card.\nYou should receive the cash cards via mail between May 12 and May 22.\nThe card can only be used to buy food and other groceries for you and your family.\nFamilies who do not already receive CalFresh, Med-Cal, or other Foster Care benefits can apply online for P-EBT beginning May 22.\nThe application deadline is June 30, 2020.\nKRON4 News says that if you apply online and do not receive your P-EBT card by mail, you can call California's EBT customer service center at (877) 328-9677.\nIt is recommended to apply as soon as the web application opens.\nCA is expanding #EBT programs to make sure families have food on the table.▶️ #CalFresh recipients will receive max benefits in May ▶️Children who receive free/reduced-priced meals eligible for add’l Pandemic EBT▶️CalFresh recipients can shop online at @Amazon @Walmart pic.twitter.com/FmhSQuma9e— Senator Jim Beall (@Jimbealljr) May 12, 2020\nSimilar benefit packages have run out very quickly during their first rounds.\nLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a similar program last month with the Angeleno Card. These cash cards were snatched up by qualifying recipients shortly after applications opened.\nAnother bill signed by Senator Kamala Harris of California proposes that Americans receive a check of $2,000 per month — no strings attached — until the pandemic ends.\nCA has a new program to provide urgently needed food assistance to children who’ve lost connection with school lunches & meals because of closures. It’s called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT. Learn more at https://t.co/STh41jZgIP pic.twitter.com/qQpooqfKJ5— CWDA (@CWDA_CA) May 12, 2020\nThe new $365-per-child payment is one of many initiatives that Governor Newsom has taken to help out families in need.\nCalifornia government officials have also worked with the federal government to provide jobless workers up to $50,400 per year in unemployment insurance.\nThe state's stay-at-home order was announced on March 19.\nGovernor @GavinNewsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of #COVID19. What does that mean? Find more information here: https://t.co/pTtYNN5DHE— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) March 20, 2020\nNewsom has estimated state unemployment levels to be well above 20% as of this month.