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Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Information about P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT.

P-EBT is a federal program. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), in collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), received approval to operate this program in response to the COVID-19. P-EBT provides food support to help families with children buy healthy food during the pandemic.

For more information, visit map-ebt.org (the website is available in 6 languages).

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P-EBT Eligibility & Benefits for K-12

  1. Who is eligible for P-EBT benefits?
    P-EBT is a federal program created in Spring 2020 to provide additional funds for families to buy food during COVID-19.

To be eligible, the student must:

1) Qualify for free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Program. This includes any student in a school that provided free meals to all students (under a special rule called "Community Eligibility Provision"). AND

2) Be in a hybrid or fully remote school learning situation. Students attending school either half-day or fully in person are not eligible for P-EBT. Your student's school confirmed their learning situation. 

Note: there is no application for P-EBT. You can apply for free or reduced-price school meals with your school or SNAP at DTAConnect.com/call DTA Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363 to potentially get P-EBT.

2. How do I find out if I am eligible?
If you previously received P-EBT benefits, check your EBT or P-EBT card on the 25th of the month. If you are newly eligible for P-EBT, you will get a letter in the mail from DTA.  

3. When will I get my P-EBT benefits?
On December 30, eligible students got funds for October and November school days. Eligible students will get P-EBT funds on the 25th of each month for the remaining 2020-2021 school year.

Important
Eligible families will receive a one-time special payment in early April to account for the 15% increase in benefits going back to the start of the 2020-2021 school year.


4. How will I get my P-EBT benefits?
If your family got P-EBT in the past on a DTA EBT card, you will get your P-EBT benefits on the same DTA EBT card. Note that your P-EBT will be added to any SNAP on your account – your balance will reflect both.

If your family got P-EBT in the past on a P-EBT card, you will get your P-EBT benefits on your existing P-EBT card.

If your family is newly eligible for P-EBT and your family does not currently receive DTA benefits, you will receive a P-EBT card in the mail. See Using P-EBT Benefits section below to learn how to activate/PIN your P-EBT card.

If your family is newly eligible and receives DTA benefits, you will get P-EBT on your DTA EBT card.

5. I lost my P-EBT card. Can I get a new one (replacement card)?
Yes. Visit DTAConnect.com/pebt to request a new P-EBT card. Go to the P-EBT Card Replacement Request page. Enter your information. NOTE: some information is required, like child’s date of birth. The required information will say (required) next to it. Then click submit.

6. How much will I get?
In March 2021, P-EBT benefits increased by 15%. Now, eligible students in hybrid learning situations will get $68.20 per month. Eligible students in remote learning situations will get $136.40 per month. 

The P-EBT amount is based on each student’s school learning situation, which is confirmed by their school. It can vary from student to student, even within a family.

The P-EBT amount is based on each students’ school learning situation the month before. Example: your January P-EBT funds will be based on your students’ learning situation in December.

Important
Eligible families will receive a one-time special payment in early April to account for the 15% increase in benefits going back to the start of the 2020-2021 school year.


7. Will there be more P-EBT benefits?
The federal government extended P-EBT through the summer. More information to come soon. 

 

Additional Resources

P-EBT Eligibility & Benefits for Kids 0-5 Years

8. Who is eligible for P-EBT benefits?
The federal government expanded P-EBT benefits to:

1) Households with children 0-5 years old, who ALSO

2) Receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

NOTE: Families must receive SNAP to be eligible for P-EBT for kids 0-5 years old. There is no application for P-EBT. Apply for SNAP online at DTAConnect.com or call the DTA Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363. If eligible for SNAP, you may also get P-EBT.

9. How do I find out if I am eligible?
DTA will send you a letter in the mail. You can also check your DTA EBT card on the 25th of each month beginning in March 2021.

10. When will I get my P-EBT benefits?
Starting March 2021, you will receive benefits on the 25th of each month. Benefits will cover the month before. For example, in March you will receive P-EBT for the month of February.

Important
Eligible families will receive a one-time special payment in early April to account for October through January.


11. How will I get my P-EBT benefits?
Your household will receive the benefits on their DTA EBT card. Note that your P-EBT will be added to any SNAP on your account – your balance will reflect both.

12. How much will I get?
Your households will receive either $136.40 a month (fully remote) or $68.20 a month (hybrid), per child. The amount is based on whether MOST school-aged students getting P-EBT are in a hybrid or fully remote learning situation each month.

Important
Eligible families will receive a one-time special payment in early April to account for October through January.

 

Using P-EBT Benefits

13. I got a P-EBT card in the mail. How do I activate (PIN) it?
You will need the letter DTA mailed to you with your student’s case number to activate (PIN) the card. The letter was mailed separately from the card. If you lost the letter, visit DTAConnect.com/pebt to view your student’s case number.

Visit map-ebt.org/uyb for step-by-step guidance on how to activate (PIN) your P-EBT card.

14. Do I have to activate (pin) my student's P-EBT card by a specific date?
We encourage all families to activate each student's P-EBT card as soon as the card is received, but there is no set deadline to activate or PIN the P-EBT card. 
 
15. Do my P-EBT benefits roll over at the end of the month if I don’t use all of them?
Yes. The money will carry over from month to month. Benefits that are not used for over a year will be removed from the card.

16. How do I check my balance?
If you have a P-EBT card, you can check your balance by visiting DTAConnect.com/pebt. On the P-EBT Case and Balance Information page, enter you P-EBT card number. Your balance will show below your P-EBT case number. You can also call the number on the back of your P-EBT card (800-997-2555).

If you have a DTA EBT card, you can check your balance on 
DTAConnect.com, the DTA Connect mobile app or by calling the number on the back of your card. Note that your P-EBT will be added to any SNAP on your account – your balance will reflect both.

17. Where can I use my P-EBT benefits? What can I buy with them?
You can use your P-EBT benefits at any store that accepts SNAP, including online from Amazon, ALDI and Walmart. Most retailers have signs saying they accept SNAP or EBT. 

P-EBT benefits can be used to buy any food that can be bought with SNAP. SNAP eligible food is most foods, except prepared foods and foods sold hot. 

18. Will getting P-EBT impact my family’s ‘public charge’ status?
No. Using P-EBT benefits does not impact your or your child's immigration status. The Public Charge rule does NOT apply to P-EBT benefits.

SNAP benefits are also NOT counted in a Public Charge test. If you are not a US citizen, you can get SNAP for an eligible family member (like your U.S citizen child). 

19. Do P-EBT benefits replace grab and go meal sites?
No. P-EBT benefits supplement grab and go meal sites. They do not replace them. Families can find a meal site in their community through Project Bread's School Meal Site Finder.

20. Can I participate in the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) with my P-EBT benefits?
No. P-EBT benefits are different than SNAP benefits and cannot be used to receive HIP benefits.

Community Outreach

21. I am a community organization looking to help spread the word on P-EBT. Where can I find flyers and other outreach materials?
Visit www.map-ebt.org for flyers, social media graphics/text, robocall/text/email language in: Arabic, Cape Verdean, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, English, Haitian Creole, Khmer, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish & Vietnamese.

Questions & Extra Food Help

22. Who did I contact for questions on P-EBT?
Call the DTA Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363 or visit MAp-EBT.org.

23. I need more food help. Who do I contact?
For other food help, call the Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at (800) 645-8333 (TTY 1-800-377-1292).

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