If your child receives free and reduced-price school meals and was enrolled in a California Public School during the Covid-19 closures this spring, a P-EBT card with up to $365 should be in your mailbox. Charter and private school students may have different eligibility requirements.
The application deadline is July 15, 2020. View website to get started >>
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a supplemental benefit for households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. P-EBT benefits will be issued as a one time payment during the month of June (or a little later based on sliding deadlines and high volumes of requests). You should expect one card per student and these cards can be used to purchase groceries.
Who is eligible for P-EBT benefits
In California, children who eligible for the free and reduced-price school meals should find these benefits arriving by mail. If your student is receiving CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits, you/they should have received these benefits already. If not, do follow up on the cdss.ca.gov website >>
This is a nationwide program. Throughout California, if your child already receives free or reduced lunch, you should be eligible.
When will your card arrive?
By July 15 according to the California DCF website. Some parents have reported receiving them already, some have received them on different days for students in the same household. These envelopes may be addressed to the parent or the child.
What else do you need to do to receive a card
No further action is required on your part to receive your P-EBT benefits. Check out this P-EBT FAQ if you have further questions.