About the Program
The District remains committed to ensuring that families with children who receive free and reduced-price meals continue to have access to healthy meals during school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.
P-EBT benefits provide additional food assistance to families of children who receive meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and will deliver an estimated $26 million in federal food assistance to more than 68,000 children in the District.
P-EBT benefits are intended to cover breakfast and lunch, and are valued at $5.70 per child per school day or $28.50 per child per week. Benefits may be used to purchase food at stores that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formally known as food stamps) and may also be used to purchase food for delivery online at Amazon.com/snap-ebt.
Qualifications & Eligibility
- Any District child who qualifies for free or reduced-price school meals will receive P-EBT benefits.
- Families with children experiencing a change in income may also qualify for P-EBT even if they have not previously participated in the National School Lunch Program or received free or reduced-price meals. Families should contact their child(ren)'s school(s) to learn if they are eligible.
Receiving P-EBT Benefits
P-EBT benefits will be issued starting in May 2020. Families with children participating in SNAP or TANF, will have P-EBT benefits automatically added onto the household's EBT card. Eligible households not participating in SNAP and/or TANF, or not in possession of an active EBT card, will receive via US mail an EBT card with P-EBT benefits already added to the card.
(Dates are subject to change. Please check back often.)
||May 29 - 31|
(June 12, 19 & 26)
Help and More Information about P-EBT
For more information about P-EBT benefits:
- View the P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ);
- View the P-EBT Letter to Parents and Guardians; or,
- Contact the P-EBT Call Center at (202) 868-6663, Monday - Friday from 7:30 am - 4:45 pm.
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.
P-EBT Resources in Translated Languages
View and download additional resources and information about P-EBT benefits in translated languages.
P-EBT Information Flyer
The following provides helpful information about P-EBT benefits.