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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 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.    


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
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 

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.

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.