Florida's Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program
The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has granted states the authority to issue P-EBT benefits to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and non-SNAP households with one or more students who have temporarily lost access to free and reduced-price meals at school due to COVID-19 school closures and distance learning.
P-EBT Eligibility Criteria for School Year 2021-2022
The Department was approved for a P-EBT plan for the 2021-2022 school year which will provide P-EBT benefits to students who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- The student attends a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program.
- The student did not have access to free or reduced-price meals because they have COVID-related absences.
- Meet one of the following conditions:
- The student receives SNAP (Food Assistance), TANF (Temporary Cash Assistance) or Medicaid (Directly Certified by FDACS for the NSLP), or
- The student is enrolled in a school that provides free lunch to all students as a Community Eligibility Provision school or a school operating under Provisions 2, or
- The student is determined eligible for the National School Lunch program by the school district through an application
Parents and guardians with students who meet the criteria above should apply for P-EBT benefits for the 2021-2022 school year. Before starting the application, please ensure that you have the following information:
- School name and county
- Student’s demographics – first and last name, date of birth, SSN, FLEID
- Parent/Guardian’s demographics – first and last name, date of birth, SSN
- Exact dates of COVID-related absences
- COVID-related absences are absences where the school directs the student to stay home for COVID-related reasons or any absence initiated by the parent that is recognized and accepted by school officials as COVID-related.
The P-EBT Application Portal for school year 2021-2022 is available through July 31, 2022. Verified applications must be submitted to the portal before September 1, 2022.
Complete and submit your P-EBT application in three easy steps:
Step 1: Complete an application for P-EBT benefits. Submit one application per student, per school. If the student attended multiple schools throughout the school year, a separate application is required for each school.
Step 2: You will need to print or email the application and the school must confirm the student’s COVID-related absences.
Step 3: When your application is complete, return to the P-EBT Application Portal to submit your application. Once received and approved, your benefits will be issued. Benefits will begin being issued at the end of June 2022.
Recipients should anticipate a staggered disbursement through September 2022. If you have questions about your student's P-EBT benefit, you may call 1-833-311-0321.
How can I use my P-EBT card?
Households can use P-EBT benefits to buy breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy, and plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat. Households cannot use P-EBT benefits to buy nonfood items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, household supplies, grooming items, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, vitamins, medicines, food to eat in the store, or hot foods.