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Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)

P-EBT Program Information & Updates

  • September 2020 P-EBT Benefit Payments

P-EBT benefits for August 2020 and September 2020 have been paid to children who were eligible for P-EBT during the last school year (2019-2020) AND this school year (2020-2021). If your child did NOT receive P-EBT benefits for the last school year, but are eligible for free or reduced-price meals this school year, they did NOT receive the September 2020 P-EBT payment due to the time limit and challenges in rules set by the federal government. 

  • Assistance with Benefits for Students with Confirmed Eligibility

If you have received confirmation that your child was eligible for P-EBT and are experiencing difficulty accessing benefits, please complete this online web form or click the link below, and we will work to resolve the issue.

Please note: this form should only be used to submit questions about the one-time September 2020 payment. Information about future payments is not yet available as the District does not have a P-EBT plan that has been approved by the federal government. 

It may take two to three weeks to resolve claims and respond to customers. If additional information is needed, you may be contact via phone at the phone number provided on the form. Additionally, any EBT cards that are issued may take up to four weeks to arrive due to mail delays. Thank you for your patience. 


Additional Information About P-EBT Benefits & Additional Food Resources

  • About the P-EBT Program

Unitl the federal government passed a law amending the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 on October 1, the P-EBT Program was authorized only through September 30, 2020 to provide temporary food assistance to families of children who were eligible to receive meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

P-EBT benefits are meant to replace breakfast and lunch that children who received free or reduced-price meals would normally receive during distance learning due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. P-EBT benefits for the 2019-2020 school year were valued at $5.70 per child per school day or $28.50 per child per week. P-EBT benefits for the 2020-2021 school year were valued at $5.86 per child per school day, or $29.30 per child per week.

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 free or reduced-priced school meal benefits and attended a school that participated in the National School Lunch Program were eligible to receive P-EBT. Due to the time limit and challenges in rules set by the federal government, only studnes who received a P-EBT payment for the spring 2019-2020 school year AND are receiving free or reduced-price school meals again in the 2020-2021 school year, along with eligible children in SNAP households received the one-time September 2020 payment. 

On October 1, the federal government passed an amendment to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, introducing the possibility to extend P-EBT benefits under qualifying conditions. OSSE and DHS are working together to develop a plan to continue to provide benefits to all eligible children. The rules around eligibility may change under the new federal law, so it is will important to watch for communication from OSSE and DHS. At this time, additional P-EBT benefits can be issued unitl the District received approval on its plan from the federal government. 

  • Receiving P-EBT

Applications are not available for P-EBT benefits. August 2020 and September 2020 benefits were issued in September 2020. Spring 2020 benefits were issued from May 2020 through August 2020 for the 2019-2020 school year. Families with children participating in SNAP and TANF had P-EBT benefits automatically added to the household EBT card. P-EBT eligible households not participaing in SNAP or TANF received an EBT card (through the mail) with benefits already added to the card. Those families had their September 2020 payment added to the previously-issued EBT cards. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions about P-EBT

Additional information about P-EBT benefits may be found in this helpful frequently asked questions (FAQs) and information updates.

  • Additional Food Resources in the District

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