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P-EBT for K-12 Students

Updates and Announcements

10/12/21 -- More Than $720M in P-EBT Benefits Issued to Over 630,000 students. As of October 5, we have processed all of the P-EBT requests we have received from schools – issuing more than $720 million in P-EBT benefits to over 630,000 students for the 2020-21 school year and Summer P-EBT. Continued


What is P-EBT for K-12 students?


The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program was created in Spring 2020 to provide funds for families to buy food while schools were closed due to COVID-19. More P-EBT funds are being issued for the 2020-21 school year and will be available this summer.

  • Eligible students in HYBRID learning situations:  you will get $48.23 per month. “Hybrid” means a combination of computer-based and in-person learning.
  • Eligible students in FULLY VIRTUAL learning situations:  you will get $120.71 per month. “Fully virtual” means taking classes by computer.
  • You can use P-EBT funds and also get food from grab-and-go student meal sites.
  • Using P-EBT does NOT impact your or your student’s immigration status. The public charge rule does not apply to P-EBT funds.


Will I get P-EBT?


You will get P-EBT if:

  • Your student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. This includes any student in a school that provides free meals to all students (under a special rule called “Community Eligibility Provision”), AND
  • Your student is in a hybrid (a combination of computer-based and in-person learning) or fully virtual (by computer) learning situation. Your school will confirm your student’s learning situation.

How & when will I get P-EBT?


  • You do NOT need to apply for P-EBT. Your child’s school will confirm their eligibility and learning situation.
  • P-EBT benefits will be issued on Louisiana Purchase EBT cards. Each eligible child will have a separate P-EBT card issued in their name, mailed to the address provided by their school.
    • If you received P-EBT for the 2019-20 school year:  The benefits for this year will be issued on a NEW card. Please DO NOT request a replacement for last year’s card.
    • If you receive SNAP:  P-EBT benefits will be issued on a separate card in each eligible child’s name, not on your regular SNAP EBT card.
    • Local STUDENT ID or Activation Number Needed:  The child’s Local Student ID or activation number will be needed in place of their Social Security Number to activate the P-EBT card. Tips for where the Local Student ID might be located can be found here. Parents who do not have their child’s Local Student ID or activation number should contact their child’s school.
    • KEEP YOUR CARD:  All P-EBT benefits for each eligible child for the 2020-21 school year, and any potential future benefits, will be issued on the same card.
  • P-EBT benefits will be issued in installments in the Summer of 2021.
    • Issuance Schedule: August 2020-October 2020 benefits were issued beginning in June. November 2020-January 2021 benefits were issued beginning in July. February 2021-May 2021 benefits are scheduled to be issued beginning in August.
    • Eligibility is determined on a month-by-month basis based on the information the child's school reports to DCFS. If a child's learning style changes (e.g., from virtual to hybrid, vice versa, or to in-person), their eligibility and benefit level also will change. As benefits are issued, parents can see their child's eligibility status by month in the P-EBT Parent Portal. For each month that a child is listed as "eligible" in the Parent Portal, they will receive benefits for that month.
    • Due to the number of cards being issued, it may take several weeks for you to receive your child’s card. Please be patient and do not request a new card, as that would only cause more delay.
    • Cards will be issued as DCFS receives information from each school. Therefore, families with more than one child may receive their children’s cards at different times, according to when each child’s school submitted their information.


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