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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-BET 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 above, and we will work to resolve the issue.

Additional Information About P-EBT Benefits & Additional Food Resources

  • 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 students who received a P-EBT payment for the spring 2019-2020 school year AND are eligible for free or reduced-priced school meals for the 2020-2021 school year, received the one-time September 2020 payment.

  • Receiving P-EBT

Families with children participating in SNAP, P-EBT 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. An application is not required to receive benefits. August 2020 and September 2020 were issued at the end of September 2020. Spring benefits were issued between May 2020 and August 2020 for the 2019-2020 school year. 

  • About the P-EBT Program

The P-EBT Program is approved 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).

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and the closure/distance learning status of schools, P-EBT benefits are meant to replace in-school breakfast and lunch for children eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. 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.

  • 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