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Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)

About the Program

The P-EBT Program was approved for the 2019-2020 District of Columbia School Year to provide temporary food assistance to families of children who were eligible to receive meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) from March 16, 2020 and June 19, 2020, and delivered an estimated $25 million in federal food assistance to more than 64,000 children in the District of Columbia.

At this time, the District of Columbia is not authorized to provide P-EBT to eligible students during the 2020-2021 School Year.

Benefits supported breakfast and lunch costs and were valued at $5.70 per child per school day (or $28.50 per child per week) during school closures between March 16 and June 19 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. P-EBT is approved for the purchase of food at retails stores accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formally known as food stamps) benefits and may be used to purchase food for delivery online at Amazon.com/snap-ebt.

Qualifications & Eligibility

Any District student who qualified for School Year 2019-2020 free or reduced-priced school meal benefits and attended a school that participated in the National School Lunch Program between March 16 and June 19 during the 2019-2020 school year was eligible to receive P-EBT. 

  • The deadline to qualify for P-EBT was June 19, 2020.

Receiving P-EBT

Benefits were issued between May 2020 and August 2020. Families with children participating in SNAP, benefits are automatically added to the household EBT card. P-EBT eligible households not participating in SNAP received a new EBT card (throught the mail) with benefits added to the card.  

Assitance with Benefits for Students with Confirmed Eligibility

If you have received confirmation that your child was eligible for P-EBT – either through a call to the P-EBT Call Center, an outreach letter or email from DHS – and are experiencing difficulty accessing benefits please, complete this web form and we will work to resolve the issue. 

Additional Food Resources

For more information on food resources available in the District during the public health emergency, visit coronavirus.dc.gov/food or the food resources information page on the DHS website.

Your family may be eligible to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Information on how to apply to SNAP is available at https://dhs.dc.gov/snapinfo

To apply for SNAP and other public benefits available in the District, visit https://dhs.dc.gov/service/apply-benefits.

P-EBT Information Flyer

The following provides helpful information about P-EBT benefits.