P-EBT is a new program that gives $420 in food benefits to each child who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals because of COVID-19 school closures in the 2019-2020 school year.
P-EBT benefits will be issued automatically by the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (NYSOTDA).
Eligible families will get their P-EBT benefit in different ways, depending on their situation:
- Most families with SNAP or Public Assistance (PA): benefits were added to your current EBT card in June. These families will not receive anything in the mail about P-EBT, and should check their card balance for the benefit.
- Most families with Medicaid (but not SNAP): benefits were added to your (or your oldest child’s) Medicaid (CBIC) card between June and August. NYSOTDA mailed letters to these families with instructions to activate their Medicaid card.
- All other eligible families: benefits are being mailed to you on a new P-EBT card in September. Your card will come with a letter from NYSOTDA with instructions to activate and use the card.