Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures. Families will receive money on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the school meals gap. The average benefit will be $5.70/day per student, retroactive to when school initially closed.


  • Q: How do I know if I'm eligible for P-EBT?
    A: If your child receives free or reduced-price school meals, or your child attends a school that offers free school meals to all students, then you are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits. Families who have lost their job or wages may now be eligible. Learn more on your state’s resource page (see below).
  • Q: How much money will I receive?
    A: You will receive about $5.70 for each child, for each day that school is closed due to the pandemic. This adds up to $114 per child for four weeks.
  • Q: How will I receive the money?
    A: This depends on the state you live in. Please check your state’s resource page for more information.
  • Q: When will I receive the benefits?
    A: This depends on the state you live in. Please check your state’s resource page for more information.
  • Q: Will this affect my ability to receive other benefits?
    A: No, it will not.
  • Q: Does this count against me under public charge?
    A: No, it does not. Using P-EBT benefits does not impact you or your child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits.
  • Q: How long will I receive these benefits for?
    A: This will depend on how your state issues benefits.
  • Q: Will I receive benefits for the days my kids have been out of school already?
    A: Yes, the benefits are retroactive to the average date schools closed in your state. Check your state’s resource page for more information.
  • Q: I've used all the money on my card. Should I throw it out?
    A: No, please save your card(s). Funds may be added at a later date.
  • Q: Does P-EBT replace grab and go meal sites?
    A: No. P-EBT benefits supplement grab and go student meal sites. They do not replace them. You can find a meal site in your community through USDA’s Meals 4 Kids Site Finder.

States Approved to Implement P-EBT

Below is a map of states with approved P-EBT plans. Click on states in dark blue to see that state’s plan. States in light blue have been approved but do not yet have a website. Every state has a different plan to implement P-EBT. FRAC will continually update this list and the map below as more states move forward with P-EBT implementation.

Additional P-EBT Resources

P-EBT Communications Toolkit

Pandemic EBT: A Critical Opportunity for States
This resource provides information on the program and highlights things states should consider when creating a plan.

Webinar: Utilizing Pandemic-EBT in Response to COVID-19
Password: Pebt2020USDA

FRAC’s COVID-19 Updates


USDA Guidance on Pandemic EBT
USDA’s P-EBT Website
USDA Q&A: Pandemic EBT
USDA’s Guidance to States on P-EBT


Questions on P-EBT? Contact Anne Marie Noll,