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Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program

P-EBT Program Information & Updates

If you have questions about P-EBT benefits, please contact the P-EBT Call Center at 877-4DC-PEBT (877-432-7328) or TTY: 711, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program provides food benefits on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The benefits are provided to District families with eligible children who would normally receive free or reduced-price school meals if not for virtual and hybrid learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

P-EBT benefits may be used to purchase food at stores that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP -- formerly known as food stamps) or online at Amazon or Aldi. Families can visit ebtEDGE.com or download the ebtEDGE mobile app from the Apple or Google Play stores to see their transition history, account balances, or find retailers that accept the EBT card.

P-EBT benefits may be used to purchase food at stores that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP -- formerly known as food stamps) or online at Amazon or Aldi. Families can also visit ebtEDGE.com or download the ebtEDGE mobile app from the Apple or Google Play stores to see their transition history, account balances, or find retailers that accept the EBT card.

P-EBT Benefits for Summer 2021

In July 2021, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approved Summer 2021 benefits for the District of Columbia. The District will issue benefits to eligible families by the end of September 2021. Eligible children will receive the federally approved flat rate of $375 per child for the Summer.

P-EBT Eligibility for Summer 2021

DC children are eligible for Summer 2021 P-EBT benefits under two circumstances:

  1. If they were eligible for P-EBT benefits in June 2021, regardless of their school’s operating status (virtual/hybrid) in June. 

    • (The School Year (SY) 2020-2021 eligibility requirements are below.)

  2. If they were not eligible in June, but their family experiences a change in income, their families can apply for Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARM) for SY 2021-2022 before August 30. If  their child’s school approves the application, they will receive summer P-EBT before the end of September.

P-EBT Benefits for SY 2020-2021

The District received approval in March 2021 to begin implementing the P-EBT plan for SY 2020–2021. Starting in Spring 2021, the District began issuing P-EBT payments to eligible families in three-month increments: October to December 2020, January to March 2021, and April to June 2021. (August and September 2020 benefits for SY 2020-2021 were issued previously.)

P-EBT Eligibility for SY 2020-2021

Families cannot apply to receive P-EBT. DC school children and children under six years of age are eligible for SY 2020-2021 P‑EBT based on these two sets of qualifications:

  1. DC children who participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible for P-EBT benefits, IF --
    • Their schools were operating at reduced capacity or hours because of COVID-19, AND
    • They were enrolled at:
      • A Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school, which provide free meals to all students OR
      • A school participating in the Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARM) program, AND
        • Have an approved FARM application OR
        • Are part of a SNAP or TANF household OR
        • Are part of a family experiencing homelessness OR
        • Are in the foster care program.
  2. Children who were under the age of 6 on October 1, 2020, are automatically eligible if they are part of a SNAP household.

P-EBT Card Issuance

Eligible families that are currently receiving SNAP benefits or received P-EBT benefits previously will be issued benefits onto their existing EBT cards. Families that are new to the P-EBT program will receive new EBT cards when benefits for their child or children are issued. Therefore, it is important for families to have an up-to-date address on file with their school or for their SNAP case at the DHS.

P-EBT Call Center Assistance with Card Issues

Families can provide an updated address, report a lost or destroyed EBT card, or get assistance with problems activating an EBT card by contacting the P-EBT Call Center at 877‑4DC-PEBT (877-432-7328) or TTY 711, Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:45 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions about P-EBT

Additional information about P-EBT benefits is in these downloadable frequently asked questions (FAQs) and information updates in these languages:

English                              Amharic
Chinese                             French
Korean                              Spanish
Vietnamese

 

General Information about P-EBT and EBT Cards

General information about P-EBT and EBT card activation, use, management, and balances is available at https://dhs.dc.gov/page/ebt-card-p-ebt-updates.

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.

Additional District Food Resources and Public Benefits

More information about food resources available in the District during the COVID-19 public health emergency is at coronavirus.dc.gov/food or the DHS food resources information page.

Families that may be eligible to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can find information about how to apply at https://dhs.dc.gov/snapinfo.

Application for other public benefits in the District is at https://dhs.dc.gov/service/apply-benefits.