Pandemic Emergency Assistance Program (PEAF) for Back-to-School Payment and Infant Nutritional Assistance Payment

Published on July, 14 2022 by Leslie Bailey

The New York State office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is issuing a one-time, non-assistance cash payments to help eligible families purchase back-to-school supplies and to help certain households with a child under the age of 3 to purchase formula or food.

OTDA will issue these payments directly to the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cash account. Households eligible for these onetime, non-assistance payments will receive a letter from NYS OTDA informing them of the payment and of their rights to an OTDA Administrative Review.

Back-to-School Payment

Households in receipt of Cash Assistance (CA) which meet all the following eligibility criteria will receive a back-to-school payment of $214 per eligible child:

  • Has an active CA case with a child aged 3-17 who received benefits on the case during the month of July 2022; and,
  • The CA case remains open on the date of payment issuance.

Infant Nutritional Assistance Payment

Households in receipt of Cash Assistance (CA) who meet the following eligibility criteria will receive an Infant Nutritional Assistance Payment of $150 per eligible child:

  • Has an active CA case with a child under the age of 3 who received benefits on the case during the month of July 2022; and,
  • The CA case remains open on the date of payment issuance.

For details on these payments go to https://otda.ny.gov/policy/directives/2022/LCM/22-LCM-09.pdf.