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 at a District school that participates in the National School Lunch Program 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.)
|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|
|Households requiring additional updates (such as mailing address, parent/guardian changes, etc.) and households with children who recently become eligible to receive P-EBT benefits||June 10 - 26|
Help and More Information about P-EBT
- 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. In addition, you can apply for SNAP benefits in addition to receiving P-EBT. Information on how to apply to SNAP can be found at https://dhs.dc.gov/snapinfo. To learn how to apply for SNAP, please visit https://dhs.dc.gov/service/apply-benefits.
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.