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Pandemic-EBT: Food Benefits for Families

Update, February 19, 2021:

New York State has completed issuing all P-EBT benefits for the 2019-20 school year. If you did not receive a benefit and believe your child(ren) are eligible, please submit an inquiry on the P-EBT Information Form.

P-EBT Benefits for the 2020-21 School Year

P-EBT provides food benefits to children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals and are learning remotely. Some children under age six who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may also qualify for P-EBT. Benefits have been extended for the 2020-21 school year. More information will be available soon, here and on the NYS P-EBT webpage.

Here are some things families can do now to prepare:

  • All families should be sure their child’s school has their correct mailing address on file. Ensuring schools have accurate, up-to-date information can help avoid delays in issuing P-EBT benefits.
  • Be sure to keep your P-EBT card if you received one during the first round of P-EBT.
  • Students who are newly eligible for free and reduced-price meals must fill out a school meals application and return it to your child’s school to be eligible for P-EBT benefits. This includes those who:
    • Did not receive P-EBT last school year, but their household income is at or below the income limits for free or reduced price school meals.
    • Are new to the school district, including kindergarten students; prekindergarten students, if receiving school lunch through the National School Lunch Program; and students who have moved to the area.
    • Have experienced job or income loss at any point in the school year.
  • Families do not need to submit a new school meal application if:
    • They received P-EBT for last school year.
    • Their child received free or reduced-price school meals in the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Their child attends a school using the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to offer free meals to all students.
    • One or more people in your household receives benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

For more details, please visit NYS P-EBT webpage. If you have specific questions, please contact: info@hungersolutionsny.org

P-EBT benefits will be issued automatically by the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (NYSOTDA).

Quick Facts

  • There is no application process. Benefits will be issued automatically.
  • P-EBT does not replace school meals, SNAP or WIC.
  • Using P-EBT does not impact a parent, guardian or a child’s immigration status and the public charge rule does NOT apply.
  • Benefits for the 2020-2021 school year will be a separate process that has not yet been finalized. Updates will be posted here and on the NYS P-EBT webpage
Visit our P-EBT Outreach and Communications Resources page

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