Pandemic EBT benefits (P-EBT)
What are ‘P-EBT’ or Pandemic EBT benefits?
The Pandemic EBT or P-EBT program is intended to support children who lose access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic related disruptions to in-person instruction or school facility closures. The program provides food benefits to children who would have received free or reduced-price school meals through the federal School Breakfast or National School Lunch Programs if not for the disruption to in-person instruction or school facility closure.
What is the P-EBT Extension?
Who is eligible for P-EBT benefits?
Children who previously received benefits under the original P-EBT 1.0 program will receive P-EBT extension benefits if they:
● were assumed to be attending school via distance learning or virtual instruction for at least 5 consecutive days during the months of August and September 2020.
How do I get P-EBT Extension benefits?
When will I get P-EBT extension benefits?
How much in P-EBT benefits will families receive?
An eligible family will get $5.86 per child per day for every eligible school day. The P-EBT extension benefit amount is based on each student’s learning situation and can vary from student to student, even within a family.
What can families buy with P-EBT benefits?
P-EBT benefits can buy food in most grocery stores and farmer's markets. Families are also able to utilize this card online at Amazon and Walmart. Families use P-EBT cards like a debit card:
Will P-EBT affect immigration status or public charge status?
P-EBT is a disaster emergency benefit based on free and reduced fee school meals eligibility, similar to other benefits that DHS has said would not be considered for public charge purposes. However, USCIS can consider several factors under their public charge test.
Family Support and Helpline
Families can call California's EBT customer service center at (877) 328-9677 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).