Pandemic EBT benefits (P-EBT)
What are ‘P-EBT’ or Pandemic EBT benefits?
Due to coronavirus (COVID 19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when school is closed.
Who is eligible for P-EBT benefits?
Children are eligible for P-EBT benefits if:
Note: Children who are eligible for P-EBT benefits can still pick up ‘to-go‘meals in their community.
How do families receive P-EBT benefits?
How much in P-EBT benefits will families receive?
Families can get up to $365 for each child who is eligible for P-EBT benefits. The total amount a family will receive depends on how many eligible children are living in their home. For each eligible child, the family will receive the following each month:
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:
What if a family applied online and didn’t receive a P-EBT card?
Families can call California's EBT customer service center at (877) 328-9677 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
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.