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Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer

  1. What is Summer P-EBT?

    Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a supplemental benefit for households with students who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures or distance learning. The Summer P-EBT program is an extension of the school year P-EBT program which supplements meals for the summer months by providing benefits that families can use to purchase groceries for their children. There are two P-EBT eligible populations: students and children under age 6 in child care. A child will only be eligible as either a student or a young child under age 6 in child care, not both.

  2. What students are eligible for Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits?

    Children in School

    A student is eligible for Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits if the following conditions are met:

    • The student attended a school during school year 21-22 that participated in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and
    • The student was eligible for free or reduced-price lunch through the NSLP or attended a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (schools where all students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch through the NSLP), or
    • The student applies for free or reduced-price lunch through the NSLP during the covered summer period and is approved; this includes free or reduced-price lunch eligibility determined by direct certification through SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Medicaid eligibility.

    Children in Child Care

    A child under the age of 6 who does not already receive Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits as a student is eligible for Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits if:

    • The child is under age 6 as of September 1, 2021, and
    • a SNAP recipient during the covered summer period.
  3. How will I receive my P-EBT benefit?

    Summer P-EBT benefits will be deposited on a family’s current EBT card, existing P-EBT card, or a new P-EBT card.

    For households receiving SNAP benefits, the additional benefits will be added to their existing EBT cards. For Medicaid and/or TANF recipients with a student receiving free and reduced-price school meals, the additional benefits will be added to the P-EBT benefit card.

    If you previously received a P-EBT card, keep your P-EBT card that was previously mailed to you. If your student is eligible for Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits, additional benefits will be re-loaded when they are issued. If you no longer have your P-EBT card, you can request a replacement by calling 1-833-311-0321.

    If you are not currently receiving SNAP benefits or if you were not previously issued a P-EBT card, a new P-EBT card will be mailed to you.

  4. What if I have a school age student who was receiving free and reduced-price school meals and did not receive the P-EBT benefit?

    If you think your student/child qualifies but you have not received funds on your card by November 30, 2022, you may call 1-833-311-0321.

  5. What benefit amount will I receive?

    Each eligible student/child will receive a one-time Summer 2022 P-EBT benefit of $391 which covers the summer period of June 1, 2022, through August 16, 2022

  6. When will I receive my P-EBT benefits?

    Benefits will be issued from October 2022 through November 2022. Issuance timelines may be extended based on the availability of data from schools and/or school districts.

  7. How do I know when my P-EBT benefit has been added to my EBT card?

    You can obtain your balance by logging on to the EBT Cardholder Portal or through the ebtEDGE app. You can also call the EBT Customer Service number (1-888-356-3281) on the back of your card. After you enter you sixteen (16) digit EBT/P-EBT card number you will hear your current food assistance balance.

    For current SNAP recipients, the P-EBT benefit amount issued will be listed in your account separate from your regular SNAP benefits in the self-service portal at:

  8. What can I purchase with P-EBT benefits?

    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.

  9. What retailers accept P-EBT?

    P-EBT benefits can be used to purchase food items at retailers displaying a Quest or SNAP logo/signage. To find the closest retailer where you can use your benefits, download the free ebtEDGE mobile app at

    SNAP recipients may purchase groceries online with the use of an EBT card. As of September 2022, participating retailers include Walmart, Amazon, ALDI, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Publix, Target, Hitchcocks Market, Freshfields Farm, Mt. Plymouth IGA, and Wholefoods.

  10. When will my P-EBT benefits expire?

    Benefits will expire after 274 days (9 months) of inactivity. If benefits are added to your current EBT card, the SNAP P-EBT benefits will be used first.

  11. What if a student resides in multiple residences?

    If you currently receive SNAP, TANF, or Medicaid and have a student receiving free and reduced-price school meals, the P-EBT benefit will be issued to the household on file with the Department of Children and Families. If you are not receiving SNAP, TANF, or Medicaid, the P-EBT benefit will be issued to the parent or guardian based on information provided on the application and verified by the student’s school district.

  12. What if I received a P-EBT card and do not need this benefit?

    P-EBT benefit cards should be destroyed if not needed. P-EBT benefits cannot be donated or transferred to anyone else. The benefit is for the eligible student only and can only be used for the student and their household.

  13. What will the new P-EBT card look like?

    The card will be in a plain, white envelope with a South Dakota return address.

    Front of the card
    Sample of PEBT card front

    Back of the card
    Sample of PEBT card back

  14. How can I activate the P-EBT card?


    1. Online at
    2. You can download the ebtEDGE mobile app. The ebtEDGE mobile app is available in the App Store and Google Play.
    3. c. Call EBT Customer Service at 1-888-356-3281
    4. To activate the P-EBT card, you will need the following information:

    5. The 16-digit card number
    6. The zip code for your mailing address
    7. Your child’s 6-digit date of birth (2 digits for the month, 2 digits for the day, and 4 digits for the year) and either the child’s SSN or the zip code of the mailing address. Also, you may need to PIN the card with Payee’s DOB, SSN, or DOB and zip. This should be tried before calling for assistance in pinning a card.
    8. If Spanish is selected when using the ARU, the DOB is entered as dd/mm/yyyy.
  15. How do I request a replacement card?

    If you have received a P-EBT card and need to replace it, you can call 1-888-356-3281 to report your P-EBT card as lost, stolen, damaged, or if you did not receive your P-EBT card. Please note, if you have already scanned the QR code on the card carrier and downloaded the EBT app, your P-EBT card can be reported as lost, stolen, or damaged through the app.

  16. For the most up to date information on the 2020-2021 P-EBT program, visit: