Through P-EBT, eligible school children receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits loaded on EBT cards that are used to purchase food. Under the summer P-EBT program, families of children who were eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals at school or attended a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school during SY20-21 may receive financial assistance for the summer period following the 2020-2021 school year. The program will provide parents/guardians of eligible children with a one-time amount of $375 to offset food expenses accrued during the summer period.

A child is eligible for summer P-EBT benefits if the following condition is met:


  1. The child was eligible for free or reduced-price meals under standard operations of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. This includes children who were:
    1. Directly certified or found to be categorically eligible either during SY2020-2021 or prior to the first day of school for SY2021-2022, or;
    2. Determined eligible for free or reduced-price meals through submission of a household application processed by the child’s school district for SY2020-2021, or;
    3. A returning student determined eligible for free or reduced-price meals through submission of a household application processed by the child’s school district prior to the first day of school for SY2021-2022, or;
    4. Enrolled in a Community Eligibility Program (CEP) school or a school operating under Provisions 2 breakfast and lunch during school year 2020-2021.

If you are eligible to receive the summer P-EBT benefit:


  • Letters will be sent to the students address on file with their school
  • Once you receive your letter, it may take a few weeks to receive your card from FIS. Cards will be mailed to the same address on the letter. Cards will not be forwarded to a new address if you have moved.
  • If you received a P-EBT card for school year 2020-2021, the summer P-EBT benefit will be added to that card. If you no longer have the card, please follow the instructions for “What if I lost my card and need to have another resent?” in the Frequently Asked Questions section on this page.

If your address is incorrect, please contact your local school district or school’s food service office to have them submit a P-EBT correction file to update your address. A new card will be sent to the updated address. This may delay the issuance of a new card for several weeks.

Please see the section called Card Issues in the FAQ for more information on setting a PIN, activating a card prior to using it, and reissuing a lost card.

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