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Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program

(Español) Spanish – (አማርኛ) Amharic
 

P-EBT benefit amounts and eligibility have changed due to changes in federal law.

Eligible children in child care (see P-EBT Benefits for Child Care below) will receive School Year 2022-2023 benefits as a one-time payment of $50.36 per full month in July 2023. Children who are eligible for all months of benefits will receive a total payment of $478.42. Children in child care are not eligible for the Summer 2023 payment.

Eligible school students (see P-EBT Benefits for School Students below) will receive Summer 2023 P-EBT benefits as a one-time payment of $120.00 in July 2023. School students are not eligible for payments during School Year 2022-2023.
Please review the sections below before submitting a web form. Many common questions and issues are addressed in the P-EBT Eligibility and Payments, P-EBT FAQs, and P-EBT Card Information sections below. Due to a high volume of inquiries, we are not able to respond to inquiries if the review of the case shows that benefits were issued correctly unless the request is for a replacement P‑EBT card.

If you need to update your address and/or request a replacement card, please submit a P-EBT Issue FormEnglish – (Español) Spanish – (አማርኛ) Amharic.


P-EBT Background

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program was created by federal law in March 2020 to supplement school meals that eligible children missed while schools were closed or operating at reduced schedules due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). The program was expanded in October 2020 to include eligible children in child care.

The Department of Human Services (DHS), together with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), have administered the program every year between School Year (SY) 2019-2020 and 2022-2023. See P-EBT Eligibility and Payments below for more information on coverage and benefit amounts.

The P-EBT program provides food benefits on a Capital Access Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. P-EBT benefits may be used to purchase food at stores that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or online at participating merchants, including Amazon and Aldi. See P-EBT Card Information below for more information. 

P-EBT Benefits for Child Care

Starting in October 2020, the USDA authorized DHS to provide P-EBT benefits to children who were under age six (6) as of October 1 at the start of each school year and who were part of a household receiving SNAP benefits for the month of payment coverage. Coverage and benefit amounts for each school year are listed below.

School Year

Eligible Children

Benefit Amounts

SY 2022-2023

Under age six (6) on October 1, 2022 and part of a household receiving SNAP benefits for the month of payment coverage

$50.36 per month during the school year when the PHE was in effect (August 2022 to May 11, 2023)

SY 2021-2022

Under age six (6) on October 1, 2021 and part of a household receiving SNAP benefits for the month of payment coverage

$60.20 per month during the school year (August 2021 to June 2022), plus $391.00 for Summer 2022

SY 2020-2021

Under age six (6) on October 1, 2020 and part of a household receiving SNAP benefits for the month of payment coverage

$122.76 per month during the school year (October 2020 to June 2021), plus $375.00 for Summer 2021

P-EBT Benefits for School Students

The District has issued P-EBT benefits to eligible school students each year between SY 2019-2020 and 2022-2023. To be eligible for P-EBT, a child must have been approved for Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARM) at a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). For more information, see FARM Eligibility below. For a list of schools and eligibility requirements by school year, see the School List. Coverage and benefit amounts for each school year are listed below.

School Year

Eligible Students

Benefit Amounts

SY 2022-2023

Approved for FARM at a NSLP school (see School List for specific school details) at the end of SY 2022-2023

$120.00 for Summer 2023

SY 2021-2022

Approved for FARM at a NSLP school (see School List for specific school details) at the end of SY 2021-2022

$391.00 for Summer 2022

SY 2020-2021

Approved for FARM at a NSLP school (see School List for specific school details) for the month of payment coverage during the school year and at the end of SY 2022-2023 for the summer payment 

$122.76 per month (reduced if school was not fully remote for that month) during the school year (September 2020 to June 2021), plus $375.00 for Summer 2021

SY 2019-2020

Approved for FARM at a NSLP school (see School List for specific school details)

$387.60 for March 2019 to the end of the school year, with benefits prorated if student was approved after March 2019

FARM Eligibility

A student is eligible for FARM if they:

(1) Were enrolled at a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (meaning all enrolled students are eligible for FARM without an application); or

(2) Were enrolled at a school that participates in the NSLP, and either:

(i) Applied for FARM and were approved before the deadline for that school year; or

(ii) Were categorically approved for FARM by their school, which includes students who are receiving SNAP and/or TANF

P-EBT FAQs

Answers to other frequently asked questions can be found here: English (Español) Spanish (አማርኛ) Amharic.

P-EBT Card Information

Eligible families who are currently receiving SNAP benefits or who received a P-EBT card previously will be issued benefits on their existing EBT card. Students who are new to the P‑EBT program, as well as students who previously received P-EBT on their family’s existing SNAP EBT card but are no longer receiving those benefits, will be mailed a new EBT card when benefits for the child are issued. All new P-EBT cards are issued in the name of the child, while older cards may be in the name of either the child or the parent/guardian on the record.

Please note that due to a high volume of cards being issued, new cards issued over the summer may be delayed.

You can also visit ebtEDGE.com or download the ebtEDGE mobile app from the Apple or Google Play stores to see transaction history and account balances, or to find retailers that accept the P-EBT card.

Activating P-EBT Card

To activate your EBT card, follow the instructions here.

Replacing P-EBT Card

If you need a replacement P-EBT card, you will need to call FIS, the District’s EBT vendor, at (888) 304-9167. Please note that FIS cannot update the address they have on the record, so if your address has changed, you will need to submit a P-EBT Issue Form to update your address and request a replacement to be sent by DHS.

P-EBT Assistance

Please review the P-EBT Eligibility and Payments, P-EBT FAQs, and P-EBT Card Information sections above before submitting a web form as many common questions and issues are addressed in those sections. You can also call the ESA Public Benefits Call Center at (202) 727-5355 to obtain more program information, although the ESA Public Benefits Call Center cannot assist with individual case issues.

Due to a high volume of inquiries, we are not able to respond to inquiries if the review of the case shows that benefits were issued correctly unless the request is for a replacement P-EBT card.

If you need to update your address and request a replacement card, or if you have another question that is not answered in the P-EBT Eligibility and Payments, P-EBT FAQs, and P-EBT Card Information sections above, please submit a P-EBT Issue Form below.

P-EBT Issue Form (Español) Spanish (አማርኛ) Amharic

Additional District Food Resources and Public Benefits

More information about food resources available in the District can be found here.

Families that may be eligible to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or other benefit programs offered by DHS can find information about how to apply here