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Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)

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.    


Issuance Date

(Dates are subject to change. Please check back often.)

  • District household currently participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 
May 22
  • District households currently participating in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program
May 23
  • District households recently enrolled in SNAP and/or TANF programs or other cash benefit programs
May 29 - 31
  • All other eligible households
June 5
  • Households with children who become eligible to receive P-EBT benefits
Weekly thereafter
(June 12, 19 & 26) 

Help and More Information about P-EBT
For more information about P-EBT benefits:

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.