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Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Get food assistance worth $365 per eligible child while schools are closed.(中文 | Español | русский | Tiếng Việt | Filipino | عربى)

Children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get a food benefit called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) while their school is closed. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use for food and groceries, just like a debit card. This benefit is in addition to their pick-up meals from the school.

P-EBT is available to all eligible California families, regardless of their immigration status. P-EBT is not the same as CalFresh or Food Stamps. P-EBT is an emergency food benefit and is similar to other benefits that immigration officials do not consider for public charge purposes.

Families NOT need to apply for P-EBT if they receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or CalWORKs benefits.
They should have received a P-EBT card by mail with $365 per child by May 22, 2020. Note: You may not get the full P-EBT amount if your family started getting CalFresh or Medi-Cal benefits for the first time after schools closed

Who needs to apply starting on May 22, 2020

You can apply online for P-EBT if your children: 

  • Are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and
  • Did not get a P-EBT card in the mail by May 22, 2020

Eligible families should receive their P-EBT card within 12 days after applying. 

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