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Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program

P-EBT Program Information & Updates

If you have questions about your P-EBT benefits, please contact us by using this form. Online P-EBT Web Form

The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program benefits were paid through the end of School Year (SY) 2020-2021 (from August 2020 to June 2021) and for summer 2021. The District of Columbia is not currently providing P-EBT benefits for this school year (2021-2022).

If you need help with food or additional cash assistance, please visit the link below to apply for the District’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and/or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to see if you may be eligible. https://dhs.dc.gov/page/apply-recertify-benefits.

The P-EBT program provided food benefits to District families with eligible children. Eligible children would have normally received free or reduced-price school meals if not for virtual and hybrid learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT benefits were distributed to families so they could purchase food for their children at stores that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or online at Amazon or Aldi.


For Families Who Received P-EBT Benefits

P-EBT benefits may be used to purchase food at stores that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or online at Amazon or Aldi. Families can 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.

P-EBT Benefits for Summer 2021

In July 2021, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approved summer 2021 benefits for the District of Columbia. The District issued benefits to eligible families in September 2021. Eligible children received the federally approved flat rate of $375 per child for the summer.

P-EBT Eligibility for Summer 2021

DC children are eligible for Summer 2021 P-EBT benefits under two circumstances:

  1. If they were eligible for P-EBT benefits in June 2021, regardless of their school’s operating status (virtual/hybrid) in June.
    • (Eligibility requirements for SY 2020-2021 are below.)

  2. If they were not eligible in June, but their family experienced a change in income, their families had to apply for Free and Reduced-Price Meals (FARM) for SY 2021-2022 before August 30. If their child’s school approved the application, they received summer P-EBT in September.

P-EBT Benefits for SY 2020-2021

The District received approval in March 2021 to begin implementing the P-EBT plan for SY 2020–2021. The District issued P-EBT payments to eligible families starting in Spring 2021. Payments were made 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 Eligibility for SY 2020-2021

DC school children and children under six years of age are eligible for SY 2020-2021 P‑EBT based on these two sets of qualifications:

  1. DC children who participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) were 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 that participated in the Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARM) program, AND
        • Had an approved FARM application OR
        • Were part of a SNAP or TANF household OR
        • Were part of a family experiencing homelessness OR
        • Were in the foster care program.
  2. Children who were under the age of six on October 1, 2020, are automatically eligible if they were part of a SNAP household.

P-EBT Card Issuance

Some families received benefits to their active EBT card if they had an active SNAP case. Families that were not actively receiving SNAP benefits received a new EBT card loaded with P-EBT benefits. Therefore, it was important for families to have an up-to-date address on file with their school or for their SNAP case at the DHS.

How To Get Assistance with P-EBT Card Issues

Families can provide an updated address, report a lost or destroyed EBT card, or get assistance with problems activating an EBT card by submitting DHS’s Online PEBT Web Form. If you have any questions about your P-EBT benefits, please contact us by using this form.  

General Information about P-EBT and EBT Cards

General information about P-EBT and EBT card activation, use, management, and balances is available at https://dhs.dc.gov/page/ebt-card-updates.

Additional District Food Resources and Public Benefits

More information about food resources available in the District during the COVID-19 public health emergency is at coronavirus.dc.gov/food or the DHS food resources information page.

Families that may be eligible to participate in SNAP can find information about how to apply at https://dhs.dc.gov/snapinfo. Application for other public benefits in the District can be found at https://dhs.dc.gov/service/apply-benefits