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.

KRON4 News reports that Governor Gavin Newsom announced the addition of pandemic benefits to families in need.

How does this new pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program work?

Eligible families who already receive CalFresh benefits will automatically receive a one-time payment of $365 per child on a preloaded debit card.

You should receive the cash cards via mail between May 12 and May 22.

The card can only be used to buy food and other groceries for you and your family.

Families who do not already receive CalFresh, Med-Cal, or other Foster Care benefits can apply online for P-EBT beginning May 22. 

The application deadline is June 30, 2020.

KRON4 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.

It is recommended to apply as soon as the web application opens. 

Similar benefit packages have run out very quickly during their first rounds.

Los 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.

Another 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.

The new $365-per-child payment is one of many initiatives that Governor Newsom has taken to help out families in need. 

California government officials have also worked with the federal government to provide jobless workers up to $50,400 per year in unemployment insurance.

The state's stay-at-home order was announced on March 19.

Newsom has estimated state unemployment levels to be well above 20% as of this month.