P-EBT Program Information & Updates
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.
The District received USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approval in March 2021 to begin implementing the P-EBT plan for School Year (SY) 2020–2021. Beginning in Spring 2021, eligible families will receive phased P-EBT payments 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 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.
Families cannot apply to receive P-EBT. DC school children and children under six years of age are eligible for P‑EBT based on these two sets of qualifications:
- 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 or reduced-price school 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.
- Children who were under the age of 6 on October 1, 2020, are automatically eligible if they are part of a SNAP household.
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.
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 (EST).
Additional information about P-EBT benefits is in these downloadable frequently asked questions (FAQs) and information updates in these languages:
General information about EBT card 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.
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.