On July 22, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the California Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) state plan for summer 2021, known as Summer P-EBT. The state plan provides Summer P-EBT to school age and childcare age children. For Summer P-EBT, many students that received School Year (SY) 2020–21 P-EBT (known as P-EBT 2.0) will receive Summer P-EBT. In addition, children determined newly eligible for free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals during the summer may also receive Summer P-EBT.


Students Previously Issued P-EBT 2.0 Benefits

Students approved for P-EBT 2.0 benefits for SY 2020‒21, and who were still enrolled in May 2021, are eligible for Summer P-EBT. Children who exited school or graduated early, transferred to a school not participating in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) or National School Lunch Program (NSLP), or who transferred out of state, will not be issued Summer P-EBT benefits. School age students that were determined eligible for P-EBT 2.0 benefits and enrolled in an SBP/NSLP participating school site as of May 2021, do not need to apply for Summer P-EBT benefits.


Newly Eligible Students

Students enrolled as of May 2021, but who did not previously receive P-EBT 2.0 benefits and are determined newly eligible for F/RP meals from June 1, 2021, through August 15, 2021, may also receive Summer P-EBT benefits.


Summer P-EBT Benefits and Timeline for Benefits

Each eligible child (childcare and school age) will receive Summer P-EBT benefits totaling $375 in a single issuance. Summer P-EBT benefits will be issued onto existing P-EBT 2.0 cards, or if a child becomes newly eligible during the summer period, onto a new P-EBT 2.0 card that will be mailed to the eligible child during the month of December 2021.


Resources for Families and Schools

Families that require assistance with P-EBT can call the P-EBT Helpline at 877-328-9677 (M-F, 8am to 6pm). The P-EBT Helpline can assist with PIN set-up, address changes, request for replacement cards, or general questions about eligibility and benefits.


For more information about P-EBT, eligible families may visit the P-EBT web page at https://ca.p-ebt.org/.