Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)


Assistance will vary.

Through P-EBT, eligible school children receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits loaded on EBT cards that are used to purchase food. Children who would have received free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Act if their schools were not closed or operating with reduced hours or attendance for at least 5 consecutive days are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits. P-EBT also provides benefits to younger children in households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) whose covered child care facility is closed or operating with reduced hours or attendance, or who live in the area of schools that are closed or operating with reduced hours or attendance.



The following states have been approved to operate a Pandemic EBT program during SY 2021-22:

  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin


To Apply

Most nutrition assistance programs funded by the Food and Nutrition Service (USDA) are administered at the state and local levels. Select your state agency from the following map:

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End of 2021-2022 school year