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P-EBT information for families

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Quick Facts for School Districts

  • Data provided by schools determine student benefits; there is no application process or action needed on behalf of students/families to receive P-EBT. Read the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) memo providing guidance to school districts on data collection for the purposes of P-EBT benefits.
  • NSLP schools: Students who got P-EBT in the past or are eligible to receive free and reduced-price school meals and whose in-person school attendance was reduced due to COVID-19 will receive a P-EBT benefit.
  • CEP Schools: All students in your school whose in-person school attendance was reduced due to COVID-19 will receive a P-EBT benefit.
  • Non-public schools: Eligible children will receive benefits in one payment instead of 2, beginning in September 2021 (timing subject to change).

Important Talking Points

  • Benefits are being issued as quickly as possible, but timelines are subject to change. Please encourage families to be patient and check the issuing status for their school here.
  • P-EBT does not take the place of school meals or other federal nutrition programs, including SNAP, WIC, summer meals, or meals in child care and afterschool programs.
  • Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT. Receiving or using P-EBT does not affect immigration status. The public charge test does not apply to P-EBT.
  • There is no application for P-EBT. Children who are certified for free or reduced-price meals and were learning remotely will receive benefits automatically.

Helpful links

More information:
NYSOTDA SNAP COVID 19 page
NYS P-EBT page

Additional food resources:
Find Food Help

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