California Public School Students Update on P-EBT Benefits - 510 Families

California Public School Students Update on P-EBT Benefits

Update about Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT Benefits as of December 22, 2020:

P-EBT is a federal program. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), in collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE), received approval to operate the program in response to COVID-19 related school closures. P-EBT provides food benefits to help families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through the federal School Breakfast or National School Lunch Programs.

Children eligible for P-EBT extension benefits in California:

  • Previously received P-EBT benefits for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Currently attending a California K-12 school for the 2020-21 school year, either virtually or via a hybrid model of virtual and in-person instruction.

P-EBT 2.0

Recently, states have been granted authority, pending federal approval, to provide eligible children P-EBT food benefits for the entire 2020-21 school year. To provide P-EBT benefits for the 2020-21 school year, states must develop and submit a new P-EBT plan for federal approval. The CDSS and CDE are awaiting federal guidance and will be working collaboratively to develop and submit an approvable plan as soon as possible. More information will be shared here as soon as it’s available. This 2.0 version will provide benefits to new families (not just an extension of benefits to previously eligible families) BUT California has not yet completed the approval process.

P-EBT Cardholder Support

First thing, if you have questions about continuing your existing P-EBT benefits, call the P-EBT Helpline at (877) 328-9677. IF you have the P-EBT card and need assistance with PIN set up; need to request a replacement card; or did not receive a card in the mail as expected, call for for help.

The P-EBT Helpline cannot assist with P-EBT eligibility issues or issue P-EBT benefits. The P-EBT Helpline can only help families that expected to receive a card in the mail or already received a P-EBT card. Thank you.

Background on Pandemic EBT in California

P-EBT Extension: Over the summer of 2020, P-EBT provided food benefits to eligible school aged children for the months of March, April, May, and June 2020. In late October, California was approved to provide additional P-EBT benefits to children who already received P-EBT benefits for the months of August and September 2020. This is referred to as the “P-EBT Extension.” These new P-EBT cards should have been mailed directly to families in late October through late December. Eligible families do not need to apply to receive P-EBT extension benefits.

Sources: Pandemic EBT for California and P-EBT FAQ dated October 2020 (pdf).


The application deadline was 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

cal pebt cardIn 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 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.

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307 thoughts on “California Public School Students Update on P-EBT Benefits”

  1. Schools will be closed again with distance learning in most California counties for the 2020-2021 school year. Will families get another p-ebt payment ?

      1. I’ve seen nothing this far. Seems our governor Gavin newsom spent 500 (million or billion can’t remember) on masks from CHINA (boosting their economy ) and even before we were all wearing masks. . Probably has something to do with the requirement in California. The reason I mention this is because he spent all of California’s money for coronavirus response from the cares act and now he can’t comply with the unemployment executive order signed by president trump because he spent the money long long ago. So I’m wondering how the state can afford additional P EBT for our Childeren.
        Maybe (hopefully) the P EBT is federally funded.

        1. Gosh that man is something. How is it even legal that he can do that??? It’s so wrong . We could of have help on the 30th FNS approved more benefits but we didn’t get them .

        2. Have you ever stopped to wonder why you have so many questions and no real answer to them? If you really want answers maybe try researching the facts from reliable and official sources. This way the information you obtain will not be questionable. For starters… Gavin Newsom entered office long after California’s debt issues. He hadn’t been Governor long, and the pandemic became a full blown mess, due to the lack of prompt response and action by the federal administration at the time. While every governor, hospital, health organization, and world leaders on the planet were trying their hardest to get PPE, and pandemic related supplies however they possibly could, we had a President standing around with his thumb in his mouth, playing games and acting like it was some competition between everyone to get what was critically needed. The federal government has a duty to protect the people. Trump had the power to secure PPE and regulate distribution of all these necessary supplies, but he chose not to. He continued to decline to provide the needed help to the states, as he should of. Instead ge chose to play everyone against eachother and use it as a way to weaponize the vulnerabilities brought on by this virus, while he went on camera everyday early on, and played it down and continued to brush it off as no big deal. All because he was more concerned about his re-election and keeping power, rather than the health, safely, well being, and lives of the American people. For the lack of leadership in America during the early stages of this pandemic, we were brought to our knees in mercy, and for the love of god, Donald Trump could give two shits before he bothered giving even a bit of care to everyone who lost their lives, or a loved one their of… Or their job, their way of life, and everything we ever knew. The President pushed our nation over board and didn’t care one bit about anything but himself. He got intelligence early on, late 2019, a couple times, January 2020 he was advised and warned of the severity of this virus and he continued to act like nothing was happening. He even sent tons of ppe and ventilators to CHINA, in February 2020, knowing what we were facing. No state should of ever had to pay billions to secure needed supplies to address this virus. Trump had the sole power to secure whatever we possibly needed, which any other President had we been luckier in this situation, would of had the mind set and competence, would of heeded warning on the first intelligence briefing regarding this virus. Not Trump he ignored everything and everyone. Too busy playing golf, and tweeting between his soap operas and the news, whenever he wasn’t stuffing his face, or trying to see how he can benefit off his Presidency and take from the American people, he had no time to worry about this virus. If he’d of done his job EVER, America wouldn’t of gotten to the point we did. We wouldn’t been hit so hard in the economy, or business, jobs, lives and all that. But we did. And it’s all Trumps doing. No doubt! He is number one to blame! Not China! Not any Governor! Not the CDC, or the WHO… TRUMP! He ef’d up and that is fact! Look at the timeline and the facts. With his daily news spectacles and nonsense he did early on, it was a joke! It was an embarrassment to our nation, and everyone in the world watched it unfold. What a disgrace! Trump was the worse president in the history of our country. PERIOD!

          1. Wow. Your hatred is so intense. Maybe you could spew your poison somewhere else?

          2. It’s not hatred… It’s called being real. Nothing hateful about being honest and frank! I don’t hate Trump, I just do not like how he played us! There’s no reason why anybody should take the disrespectful and hateful treatment that man dished out the last few years. I mean he was a bad man most of his life… We got exactly what we already knew he was about. Lying, self centered, manipulating, corrupt, lawless, cheating, take all, spare no one, evil man…. I’m not one to criticize, name call, blame, or take sides… I only speak of what I see from someone, then research their record. Trumps is muddy at best. He may have conned many people, as he’s known to do, most of his life. But, he’s very obvious and his own mouth and actions burn are a dead giveaway. You just can’t make this stuff up! I don’t speak in hatred, I speak genuinely frank! No need to sugar coat the reality of it. We’re all old enough to comprehend reality.

          3. But yet… didn’t state a single FACT. Thats real cute of you to be voicing your opinion on here though…you go!

        3. Gavin Newsom is just another puppet. The United States Government no longer protects us. Trump was a puppet, just like Biden is a puppet. Follow the money. Whoever is making money during these trying times are usually the same people who are responsible for the chaos. I’d add more but I doubt it would matter. The fact is that the majority of humanity has lost their ability to use their brains correctly so no one notices what’s really happening. Devolution is real and it’s been underway for awhile. We can blame world leaders but it’s collectively our faults for “just letting it happen”. By not resisting or taking action against what we know is wrong, by submitting to “the enemy”, we are allowing things to worsen which makes it our fault. That’s all.

      1. Thank you tammy..i dont qualified for food stamps but this pandemic card helped me a lot buying snacks and fruits for my kids ..thank you for the info

      2. Hi. Does anyone know if this would include new students for the year?
        I recieved it first round for my daughter, I now have a kindergartner as well. Does that mean 2nd round would include him as well?

      3. They said it could take several months before each state come up with a plan for the next round of P-EBT payments. This really doesn’t help those who needs the extra benefits right now, but everything is politics…

        1. Its paid out per day. The first round was for Mar-June and the second round only covers Aug and September. So the amount will be less.

          1. I just got my child’s early Dec do any of you know if this going to be monthly benefits or just a one time help? Thank you in advance

          2. Is anyone still waiting for there pebt extension card. I got the first one but still waiting for the second. I know they said by end of Dec. Still waiting.

      4. How about my child we missed the application deadline in June , how can I apply for my 2nd grade son? What contact # do I call? Thank u .

        1. I’m still waiting on 2nd p ebt extension card… and it’s already late December has anybody received there’s in California

          1. I got my kids cards tried to activate them they said they were cancelled so I call them they say my cards were cancelled and they had already sent some new ones out Thats been hmm about 2 weeks ago still no cards nothing

          2. I’m still waiting on the second card. I have called the (877) that is listed on the P-EBT website and have received no help whatsoever. First they told me my child was not in the system and referred me to Dept. of Education, which they were able to find my child right away. Called the P-EBT line back and what a coincidence they found my child this time. For them just to tell me they didn’t see a second card issued and that they must of not been eligible, they tried to refer me to the website to reapply I told them applications were closed and that it states clearly if you received a first card you would be sent the second one automatically. Then they went on to say that they are just a card management company (third party) and couldn’t help me any further. I asked to apela to a supervisor, put me on hold came back and just said can’t help any further they are just to reissue cards. So no help from the P-EBT help line, don’t know where else to call and report this. Dept. of Education say they have nothing to do. There’s a group of parents in another page with the same problem they are not getting any help and just getting the run around.

          3. I’m still
            Also waiting for my 2 boys 2.0 cards. I called and they said. It could
            Be 8 more weeks(February 2022!!)
            Northern cali here

    1. Has anyone had this problem is Jan 17 2021 and still haven’t received my pandemic Ebt I called many times and every time I call there something new they tell me first that my kids were not approved for second round to call my social worker then I called again they said your cards were mail out since October 19 well again I told them I haven’t received anything and again there respond mam your cards were cancel wait 5 to 10 days waited called by January 8 and they said your not getting the second card because you didn’t apply on the date you needed to apply so you those Beni fits are lost call your child school district to see if they could help you with the application to see if they could put them in the system is just bill crap that they do to you and they still tell me we issue the cards to the most needed people I’m you think I’m not in need I would be calling over and over. This people from the Ebt really there not capable people they should be working there it’s said to be bagging for something your child deserve

      1. Yes, I’m in your same situation. I called the school and they told me her application should be good for two years (her application was processed last year) so she is covered. So I called the school district and they told me they have been getting hundreds of calls with the same issue. The lady was nice enough to help me and called the PEBT helpline on three way, shocking that they wouldn’t even give her straight answers, they couldn’t answer her questions. They kept on telling her she should know she was the school, not knowing she works for you the district. So I took it all the way and called the nutrition department at the state level. I left a voicemail, received a call that same day. Shocker she couldn’t help me either, she literally told me she was sorry didn’t know what to answer that they have been getting hundreds of calls too and that her boss won’t give her an answer either. Can you believe someone higher up at state level can’t give an answer as to why families are not getting the help. She confirmed that those that got a first card should get the second card too. One of the many PEBT employees said that the report they get comes from the state and the report is a combination of school report and social services. But then I think well not everyone gets regular EBT aid so how can that be possible then that takes out the families that don’t have a case number with the county. The families that I know and got the second card are both some get aid from the government and the other one doesn’t get any type of aid. This is a huge mess and I think is time that it makes it to the news. Families are not getting the aid.

        1. Same thing has happened to me. A different answer every time I call. I still haven’t received the second card. Someone from the school district even called for me on three way to the P-EBT helpline and they wouldn’t give her answers either they even told her she should know since she is the school. I took it upon myself and called the state nutrition department and the person that returned the call said she couldn’t help me she had so many calls with the same issue families were not getting their cards and her boss would not provide her with information or help.

      2. You’re not alone, I’ve gotten the runaround as well. I have 3 children, grades 4th, 6th,and 7th. All on distance learning. No cards yet as of January 21st, total BS. Every time I call I get the same response “It’s the postal service” I’m not buying it. The card’s were issued 3 month’s ago.

        1. I feel this needs the attention of the news so something can be done about it, I’m sure there’s hundred or probably thousands of families in the same situation. This is federal funds that were allocated for students and they are not receiving them.

          1. Very true, Because the first Pebt benefits went out on 1 card no problems…This round several cards if you have more then one child…That doesn’t make sense i have one Refrigerator…. It’s February 4 2021 and people still dont have these cards, And the people answering have zero answers just more lies

        2. I have been going back & forth with the P-EBT helpline ( the 877 #) since December 2020; two additional replacement cards were requested for my daughter ( without my consent) & I still have not received them. The issue is not with the USPS. I ordered a prepaid card in the beginning of January to just see if the problem stemmed from USPS; and I received the card within the 10 days. This is utterly ridiculous that children are depending on these cards to eat & these state agencies responsible for the program operate like this. If this was a situation where parents were not feeding their kids; CPS would be called on us.

          1. Stephanie S Santillan

            I called th capitol and they told me it is taking 6-8 weeks to recieve cards. My first card was calceled then they never send a replacement. Finally Dec 21 another was issued. I been waiting 6 weeks and nothing. They say it can take up to three months. 🙁

      3. Yes this has happened The first time I got it for one daughter and not the other the second time I got it for the other daughter and I the one who got it before when I should have got it for both both times and I have a Caseworker county and she says this has nothing to do with regular EBT, so who do you even call to question it?

  2. I’d like to know the same thing we still have to feed these kids the schoolsaren’t offering bag lunches like they did in the summer plus the weather’s going to be changing hopefully they do another round of it it would help out a lot to a lot of people hopefully they will post something soon letting us know what’s going on

  3. I would like to know to. My husband is still waiting on unemployment from back in April so I really hope they do that would help alot

  4. I hope they do because kids are online schooling and it’s hard at times to go out and get school lunches. Sometimes its not enough when u have teens.

      1. Will it be the amount or less? Because I received the second one today but it was way less then what I got the first time. So I’m a little confused if it’s a mistake.

          1. How much are they giving and do you live in the high desert I haven’t got mine so far no one in the high desert havent

    1. Today is September 30 2020 and I wanted to know if we are getting a second payment on the card because in my county all kids are distance Learning, and I seen they approve another round of p-ebt

    1. P-EBT 2.0
      Recently, states have been granted authority, pending federal approval, to provide eligible children P-EBT food benefits for the entire 2020-21 school year. To provide P-EBT benefits for the 2020-21 school year, states must develop and submit a new P-EBT plan for federal approval. The CDSS and CDE are awaiting federal guidance and will be working collaboratively to develop and submit an approvable plan as soon as possible. More information will be shared here as soon as it’s available.

  5. California has been approved to do p ebt again but only for August- September 30 2020… They have til September 30 to load all p ebt cards.

    1. Ashley Diane Sanchez

      Where did you find that info at? I’ve been doing my research and can’t find anything stating that we will be getting more P Ebt for Aug & Sept.

      1. Hi you can find the info on the website at click on california then scroll down to pandemic ebt amendment 2 there is a letter that states everything, but it’s the first and I also haven’t received anything on my card. Supposedly benefits were to be added yesterday. Good luck!

        1. I actually found the information because I watch C-SPAN 1 , 2 , 3 everyday On the channel I can watch what the House of representatives vote and what the Senate votes and then national television any news channel will tell you when Donald Trump signed it into law. I think you can also download an app called fresh EBT and put in your pandemic card info and it will also give you more information there. On 22 Of September the house of representatives passed A government shut down bill which included pandemic EBT funding on 29 September the Senate passed that same bill And on 30 September Donald Trump signed it into law. If you are in the state of California you must wait for Gavin Newsom to determine how he will distribute the money. Now we are playing the waiting game waiting on Gavin Newsom.

    2. The September 30th deadline was for the first round, the ones who submitted their application late. The second round was approved, but no release date as of yet.

      1. I read that new cards will be mailed late October 2020. What they consider late October I don’t know it’s the 20th already and nothing in my mailbox.

        1. On the new post on the fresh Ebt app it says cards will be mailed out late October to late December. I really hope they hurry up the food stamps added to new cards are for August and September. We are now in October. If we don’t get new cards til December I’m wondering if they will be adding me for October November and December. My county is still distance learning only.

        2. Called the number on the card they said 4 out of 5 cards were issued on October 22nd …… still haven’t received any of them!!!! I’m in riverside county…..

          1. Hi Sara what number did you call ? Or how did you get in contact with someone I called the number they give and all I get is automated responses I cant seem to get through anyone …sorry to bother. Thank you in advance.

          2. Hi Carla,
            The number is 877) 328-9677…. don’t push any buttons it will ask if card is lost or stolen…. select this option then it will ask if ur calling about p-ebt….. select this option and it should connect u to a person.

      1. I checked my card this morning and nothing was added. I was wondering to when new benefits would be added. I thought today was the deadline. If I understand what I read. Thank You

        1. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act authorized emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits because of COVID-19. In California, the emergency allotments will raise each household’s monthly allotment of CalFresh to the maximum allowable based on household size. The Food and Nutrition Service will approve requests for the additional benefits on a month-by-month basis. [All County Welfare Directors Letter, May 21, 2020.] CalFresh households already receiving the maximum allotment will not receive an emergency allotment. The March, 2020 emergency allotment will be available on April 12, 2020. [All County Welfare Directors Letter, April 2, 2020.] The April emergency allotment will be available on May 10, 2020. [Id.] The May, 2020 emergency allotment will be available on June 14, 2020. [All County Welfare Directors Letter, May 21, 2020.] The June, 2020 emergency allotment will be available on July 12, 2020. [Id.] The July, 2020 emergency allotment will be available on August 16, 2020. [All County Welfare Directors Letter, June 23, 2020.] The August, 2020 emergency allotment will be issued on September 13, 2020. [All County Welfare Directors Letter, August 3, 2020; All County Welfare Directors Letter, August 24, 2020 (correcting issuance date to September 13).] The September, 2020 emergency allotment will be available on October 18, 2020. [All County Welfare Directors Letter, August 24, 2020.] The emergency allotments will be issued on the client’s existing electronic benefits transfer card.

          1. I found this…… SEPTEMBER 2020 UPDATE:

            Due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.

            P-EBT has been approved to continue with the start of the current school year, and additional benefits will be issued for August and September to children who previously received P-EBT, excluding children who have since completed/graduated school.

            Benefits will be calculated based on the beginning date of instruction at the P-EBT eligible child’s schools, but will not exceed $175 per child and will only be issued for schools offering virtual instruction or a hybrid of virtual/in-person instruction.

            Children became eligible for P-EBT in spring 2020, if their school was closed due to COVID-19 and they are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

            Families can participate in both P-EBT and current “grab & go” school meal programs through COVID-19 emergency feeding sites offered by schools.

            P-EBT is not CalFresh, but it is used the same way at grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and online with Amazon or Walmart (shipping is not covered–more on that below)

            We will post more information about P-EBT for the 2020-2021 school year when it is available.

        2. From what I read new cards are going to be mailed by the end of October and as late as December. And still waiting on funds for the 2020-2021 school year.

          1. If you call the Ebt hotline number and ask about the pebt 2.0 they will tel you when it was issued some pebt card were issued starting October 13 2020. I called and they said my pebt card for my child was sent out that date but I had a change of address and they gave me the run around about calling local county office to update address because they can’t forward card. To update your child’s change of address call ‭(916) 651-8848‬
            Sacramento, CA the county doesn’t have anything to do with pebt school. Mine should arrive in less than 2 weeks

          2. I live in riverside I received the 1st card for my 2 grandchildren the 2nd one was supposed to be for November or December I kept waiting it said the cards are coming by December 31st for the end of December never received a card Call the number they can’t help me I’m stuck on my friends have gotten their cards I’m not getting one

    1. I received a new card last week it only.had.$170 on it which is.only.a month worth. When I check the slpoad date it said it was loaded Sept 24th.

  6. I’m wondering if everyone gets it on the 30th. Not much information about Californias p-ebt, it’s weird how other states have alot more info.

    1. Hello my kids have the p ebt cards my question is when are the second round of funds will be deposit I been checking the balance and still nothing this extra money really help us

  7. I’m hoping this information is true. I haven’t received anything for my 2 kids and my sister hasn’t either and she has 3 boys. I hope we get this tomorrow.

  8. I hope so too, so many families in need of food Keep our fingers crossed is about all we can do. Good luck to you and your sister, I hope it all works out

  9. I checked my card just now and no refunded happen. I hope this message is not a joke. Because there are a lot of parents struggling while kids are learning from home.

    1. I called social services and was told California was not approved for 2nd round of pandemic ebt. I’m so incredibly frustrated and sad for all the families counting on this relief.

      1. I found an article on the USDA website stating California was approved for Aug/Sept p ebt by Sept 30th so I don’t understand what’s going on

      2. The stopgap bill was approved by Congress and the Senate, It has to be signed by Trump to be put into law so the benefits can be distributed. Trump has to sign the bill before midnight tonight, or the government will shutdown.

  10. I read that we should be getting by September 30th. It’s now September 30th and I have not received it. Hopefully sometime today. I could really use this help.

  11. Bernice K Henderson

    NOTHING YET …. But I did read that we were APPROVED for a second round of P-ebt for aug and sept… I have also listened to a few ppl from YouTube about it as well …I just don’t know why we haven’t gotten anything yet…my sister says it’s a hoax …BUT the day isn’t over yet

    1. This is maddening, I called my congressmans office today, and the woman I spoke with had no clue. She promised to email me with some answers. I don’t understand how other states have already received the pandemic ebt and we’re being left out in the cold.

        1. I don’t understand how all other states have been approved for a 2nd round of benefits and California has not!!!! This is mind blowing!!!

        2. Still waiting for an email from congress, I’ll post it on here when I know more. There’s got to be an explanation.

          1. They never followed up with an email, pretty disappointing. I’m going to call again tomorrow. The woman I spoke with was clueless, so hopefully they have something useful to tell me tomorrow. This is so frustrating for families that are barely surviving.

  12. Caroline Daniels

    I have been following this on the news. California was approved. First the house vote passed 09-22-2020 then the senate passed 09-29-20 then signed into law 09-30-20. It was included in the government shut down bill called the stop gap funding bill. Now from what I understand Gavin Newsom will have to create a plan to distribute it and then have the federal government approve it. After all that is finished he will begin to execute that plan. I highly suggest that if we want anything done quickly we all come together and message him on all your social media’s or send him emails and letters. I personally have him on Twitter and constantly message him from there telling him how important it is to resolve this issue. Twitter @GavinNewsom

    1. Thank you! Finally something that explains whats happening! Trump also didn’t sign until after midnight last night, so that further delays thing’s.

  13. Has anyone got anything yet for the p-EBT? It’s October 2nd and I haven’t got anybting in my kids cards yet … what is going on?

    1. Hello Heidi, did you not get the first round in the p-ebt? Just wondering because if not there’s something really wrong because I received mine in May but still haven’t heard anything as of recently, I hope they get it resolved soon like yesterday but there not in a rush because it’s not them who’s in need of food for their families..

      1. I got my first round in may .. but it says we are suppose to get 2nd round now and still have nothing for ca.. just woundering if anyone else has got the 2nd round yet

  14. I called social services and they said no have not heard anything about reloads to cards and that it was a one time issue back in the summer . So very confusing . I don’t understand any of this , my husband and I were out of work over the summer and according to their qualifications we made too much !? How do 2 people not working making too much ? 3 kids and rent is insane . Sorry nothing makes sense .


        1. For anyone asking questions about the pandemic EBT there has been an update today. It is very long so I’m just going to refer you to the website. Go to Google Chrome and type in CDSS pandemic ebt Click on the first website to get the update.

  15. This is the email I received from CDSS on October 6th. I emailed them last week.

    his is in response to your e-mail to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) requesting information about Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits.

    In order to help provide food to children during the COVID-19 emergency, children who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals at school will receive extra food benefits. These food benefits, called P-EBT, will help eligible children and families buy food when schools are closed.

    The state of California has been authorized for another round of P-EBT benefits and are working on implementing the extension.

    The P-EBT benefits have not been issued at this time. The CDSS will have more information to share soon.
    Hopefully, you will find this information helpful.

        1. On the fresh Ebt app it gives you information about p ebt . It says on Sept 30th we were approved to receive a second round for school year 20/21. It also says that it can take several months for our governor to figure out how much we get and when we get it. They need to stop playing around and help us out. Alot of us our struggling. Of course the governor doesn’t care because he is still getting money through this pademic.

    1. On October 18th is for regular ebt not pebt. If your family doesn’t receive the maximum amount of food stamps every month for your family the remaining balance will be added on the Oct 18th. The amount is for the month of September.

  16. GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA NEEDS TO READ THIS FORUM OF COMMENTS!!!! Someone needs to share this message with the governor of California! I am a mother of six kiddos. My husband works hard full time advocating for adults with disabilities to ensure they receive services they need. Now How do we advocate for families in California who need this second payment!?!?!? Recently my husband had to pick up a 2nd job working as a gig worker delivering food/groceries (so we have that added gas expense of traveling 1,200 a month on the job) for a whole $3.-$3.25 per delivery & pray he gets a tip to not just break even on the gas cost, to help Our family cover the extra food costs to feed our family of 8. If I didn’t have an injury preventing me from working I’d be right out there with him working. But then we couldn’t afford childcare. So him working 7 days a week is our only option. We tried applying for assistance for food. But sadly they said we were denied because we made a whole 4 DOLLARS OVER THE LIMIT!!! Seriously!! I wish I was joking! We have two car payments, a house payment, insurance payments and many other household bills/utilities expenses oh and let’s not forget 3 teens who eat us out of house & home and 3 other kids ages 3-10 years old. We are still hardly get by. On tight months we sell whatever we can to buy food. We do pick up the free meals from the school. However we have to throw out half of the food which makes me sick to do as I hate wasting food. Every week when we get home from getting lunches we go through everything to sort it, and take out what food has already gone bad. In almost every meal pick up 25% of the food has mold growing on it and the other 25% is mushy and has gone bad or is expired. Don’t get me wrong we’re thankful for everything we receive however it makes me sad to have to throw out food we could have really used. The broccoli and chili dogs always have mold. As well as some of the fruit. The milk has been very warm at pick up or has been expired on more than one occasion. Like I said I’m thankful but this is just a shame. The food waste is a shame! I can’t stress enough how much many families like ours needs this relief of a second p Ebt. We need to be able to provide fresh food for our families. It’s sad that even with two jobs we can’t afford to feed our family. It’s sad that being over the income threshold by $4 will prevent a family from getting assistance we really need. Our governor needs to step it up and help us out fast!

    1. Same thing where I live, the lunches they are handing out our gross. Sometimes moldy, expired milk, slimy lunch meat. It’s not helping anyone if our children are going to get sick from eating it! I’m so sorry that you can’t get help over 4 freaking dollars! I wish these politicians had to live one week like we’ve been living for month’s now. Let them survive on moldy food, it’s disgraceful!

  17. (CDSS Website)

    P-EBT Extension
    Over the summer of 2020, P-EBT provided food benefits to eligible school aged children for the months of March, April, May, and June 2020. Recently, California was approved to provide additional P-EBT benefits to children who already received P-EBT benefits for the months of August and September 2020. This is referred to as the “P-EBT Extension.”

    Children eligible for P-EBT extension benefits:

    Previously received P-EBT benefits for the 2019-20 school year;
    Are attending a California K-12 school for the 2020-21 school year; and
    Are assumed to be attending school virtually or via a hybrid model of virtual and in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year.

    Under the P-EBT extension, each eligible child will receive a new P-EBT card with P-EBT benefits for the months of August and September 2020. These new P-EBT cards will be mailed directly to families in late October through late December. Eligible families do not need to apply to receive P-EBT extension benefits.

    IMPORTANT: Children who are newly eligible for free or reduced-price school meals for the 2020-21 school year are not eligible for P-EBT extension benefits and will be served under the second P-EBT program described below.

  18. I am in the Los Angeles County hope this helps a bit to ease our frustration with the waiting. I just spoke to p ebt social service lady the number is 877-597-4777 to see if my kids has a 2nd round coming they checked n 1 of my sons his 2nd card was mailed out Oct 13, 2020 she said it will take about 15 days or so . So they are slowly getting it out

      1. Ashley Diane Sanchez

        On the new cards it’s only for August and September for a total of $175 per child. I’m curious as to how October and November will be. November is right around the corner. Wonder if we will get more pebt for these months because in my county we are no where near going back to school.

  19. Gavin newsom this guy just keep money from children p_ebt it is very important for many family .many states received pebt ! Only California

  20. Remember TwentyTwenty

    It takes a whole village to raise a child and it’s takes 1 California Governor and his cabinets to F**k it up. And China is half a billion dollars richer while our future (children) suffer.

  21. I called the number above 877-597-4777 and they were able to tell me that the card for my daughter is coming and was loaded with I think $245 for August and September and we should be getting them soon

      1. Ashley Diane Sanchez

        I called the number above today they told me that two cards have been sent out. One for each child. Both cards are loaded with $217. The amount of money being loaded depends on your county.

      2. New cards were mailed out on October 26 and will be mailed out until the end of December. Keep your old card though, because you never know. After this initial distribution they will again be accepting applications online for people who missed the first application process. We received 300.00

    1. Depends on your county, they told me it was $245 loaded on my card that was mailed out on the 13th of this month and should arrive in 12-14 days . Which it has passed then days so hopefully tomorrow we shall get something.

      1. Does anyone know for the LA County?? I’ve tried calling the number given but they never answer. I’ve waited on the line for an hour and never got anyone. How are you getting ahold of these workers?

      2. They had to reissue mine because they were sent October 9th and I never received them. Now it’s going to take another 2 weeks

        1. How many were you suppose to receive.i was expecting 3 p ebt and I called they said one was sent out on the 9th too..I still had not received it yet either

          1. I’m expecting 3 cards as well, and nothing yet. Maybe the election is holding the mail up, thats the only reason I can come up with as to why we haven’t received them.

        1. No still nothing and I think they haven’t sent anything or some one on the inside got all the cards selling them. JK I’m still waiting

  22. I called that 1877 number yesterday. They told me my son had a card sent out on the 16th and should be here within 14 business days and it has $207 on the card. Im in San Bernardino County…

    1. I called riverside county social services and the lady had no idea. She said at the meeting they had last week it was a one time thing and there is no new benefits for August or September!? Idk what’s going on or why all the information is incorrect!? Has anyone received a new card?

        1. I called the number on the back of the first card I received in May …. chose the lost card option and it will prompt you …. I spoke to a lady she told me 3 out of 4 cards went out on October 22nd and each card has $205 on each so if you call that number they help

        2. I am in Del Norte County. I called the number and was informed they had send out 5 cards for my kids with 147 dollar’s on each. They said they were issued on the 9th of September. So they had to reissue them all because I should have received them already! Everyone should call 18775974777 and find out if and when your card/card’s were send.

      1. Yeah the county not the ones issuing the benefits. You have to call this number to get the information 877-597-4777. It was approved for new P-EBT card if Aug. & Sept wasn’t loaded on your old p-ebt by September 30th.. Hope this will help you get the answers you need

  23. No P-EBT in the mailbox it’s been almost a month since it was supposedly sent out. This is taking forever!!! Soon as I order a replacement watch it come

    1. Ashley Diane Sanchez

      My cards were supposedly sent out on October 12 almost a month ago and still nothing yet. I’m starting to think that maybe they are lying about the actual issue date just so everyone would stop bothering them or complaining.

  24. Hello!! I’ve been following this website for awhile and reading comments to find out about the PEBT cards. I’m in kings county up towards Fresno. I haven’t received anything yet either. Other states have had cards reloaded. California for some reason has a different way of doing things. I called the PEBT number on this site that another commented about. I had to wait an hour to get someone to pick up. Later in the evening before 5 is when I was finally able to get through. 2 of my cards were issued on the 14th and 1 on the 21st of last month. Each of my cards are 193$ each. The first time I got 1 card with all of the kids on it. This time it’s 3 individual cards. They will not be reloaded on the old cards at all. She also said that those dates given don’t necessarily mean they were sent out at that time. Just processed or issued. Due to Covid and Plus the election. It’s going to take more than 12-14 days to come. She said anytime from now until December to expect it. So hopefully this eases anyone’s thoughts. Thanks

    1. Thank you! I was told my kid’s cards were sent out on the 13th of October but nothing yet. I tried calling earlier and their system was down.

    1. Yes I received on too. In November. I found an article that said when kids are out of school for more than 5 days then we will receive a p bet payment. And it’s a new card everytime. My old card now say they are not active.

  25. Did everyone know if you don’t use all your funds in180 days they take them back. I went to use ours and there was no funds I called and was told through miscommunication the funds only on the card 180 days and that we were told it be there for a year. I just read that on there page too so. The lady I talk to said ALOT OF FAMILIES LOST THERE FUNDS there be Extension But my granddaughter didn’t qualify for an extension so what gives you give it and you take it away and then you don’t qualify for extensions something needs to be fixed and the people that got their funds taken away should get them back.

    1. Hi! Call your local social services office. They are able to put the money back on as long as you still have the card. If you get someone who says they can’t give the money back keep calling until you find someone who knows what to do.

  26. I saw there are many questions on here about how much each child will get. Well, it is based on the date they started virtual learning for the 20-21 school year and other things. I found this in a letter from the dept of social services for the state. I will leave the site below if anyone wants to read.

    Also, Im in riverside county and have not received the new p-ebt card yet. (p-ebt aka p-ebt 2.0)

    It says “…There is no standard benefit amount under the P-EBT extension. Benefit amounts under the P-EBT extension are based on individual student and school-level data. The total amount an individual child is eligible to receive depends on the start date of virtual instruction at the school the child attended during the 2019-20 school year and the number of assumed qualifying virtual instruction school days. Because the P-EBT extension benefit amount is based on each student’s learning situation, the benefit amount will vary from student to student, perhaps even within a family. That said, P- EBT extension benefits will be provided based on the school meal reimbursement rate of $5.86 per day for each qualifying virtual instruction school day. The maximum amount of P-EBT extension benefits an eligible child can receive is $246” “The P-EBT Helpline is accessible via the California EBT Customer Service Center by calling (877) 328-9677.”

  27. Hello everyone,
    I am in San Diego county. I just received my cards today. They have 158.00 loaded on each. The first time we had 365.00 per child.
    Does anyone know why it’s less money?
    I am so grateful for the funds. Hang in there everyone!

    1. Jeannette Newcomb

      From what I understand the new cards are for Aug and Sept only. I haven’t been able to find any news yet on when the rest of the school year will be loaded. I was told my son’s card was issues on Oct. 13 but as of today Nov. 20 I still haven’t received it.

      1. Jeannette Newcomb

        I finally got my son’s card. I don’t understand why they issued new cards when they could of just reloaded on the first card they issued. It’s probably costing the government some serious money to issue new cards instead of reloading the first card they sent. That money could be used on more important things.

        1. When did you get your card? They said mine was processed October 15th and 16th and I still haven’t got any of them I’m waiting on 5 of them …

    2. The 365 was for the kids being out of school for the last few months at the end of school year 2019-2020. Which is why you got so much. The new amount is only based on the days the kids have missed school for more than 5 consecutive school days. Like thanksgiving break. Or Xmas break. I revived mine in November right before thanksgiving. We should get another one with more on it for Xmas. I believe is what the woman said.

  28. My daughter in law got one card for one child for around $147.00.she waiting for 2 more cards for her other 2 kids .she located in Hayward the Bay Area in alameda county .just want let people know there in the mail

  29. Did anyone get only partial of their kids PEBT I just called and they said my two kids were processed supposedly mailed cards out on Oct 19 but my other two kids were not in the system. The first round of PEBT I only got one card with all four.

    1. I called today and they said they had to resend mines because supposedly they were sent out on Oct 19 so they are sending me new ones but they only had two of my kids in the system and not the other two:( you should call and see if they were mailed out

      1. They reissued mine as well, and it probably cost me another month of waiting. To anyone else who’s waiting, don’t let them reissue your card(s). My first one’s arrived and their useless, they were issued again on October 27th and now I won’t have them until sometime in December.

        1. They told me mine was issued on October 15th and 16th and I still have not received anybting … and idk what to do … I don’t want to call and have them reissued ?

  30. I’m in San Fernando Valley and still no card yet they said it was mailed on October 13 and as of today nothing. No one in my complex with school children got one either. I guess I’ll get it by Christmas.

    1. I’m in Modesto ca and I still have not received any of my kids cards I am waiting on 5 cards .. as of 12/2 nothing yet

  31. Called today LA County (El Monte office) they told me the new cards will have $246 each. Depends on your county and kids grade.

    1. Ashley Diane Sanchez

      I’m in Tulare county as well so hopefully mine will arrive soon. Mine were issued out on October 16th. I’m waiting on two cards

    1. Ashley Diane Sanchez

      My cards were issued Oct 16th I finally received both of mine today. Both cards loaded with $217. I’m in Tulare county

  32. I received 3cards last time. One that had both my daughter and son’s funds together and two separate for my other girls. Will we receive 4 separate ones this time around. They gave me two with the same amount. $205.

  33. Just curious did anyone only get benefits for September like I did for only two of my children 223$ my 3 child hasn’t received a card and with the first cards I received 365 for each child . I’ve tried to get through the line and after 40 minutes of waiting I just hung up

    1. The card’s have August and September issued on them, so the amount varies from when your child started school in 2020. They are however working on the bill to pass ebt pandemic for the rest of the school year. Should be coming soon.

  34. I received a payment of 147.00 dollars for one of the children. The second child has not received she got one back in June but done since that time. Tulare county Dec 16, 2020

  35. I have 3 kids, I received 2 P-EBT cards but I did not received the P-EBT card for the youngest kid who just joined Kindergarten this semester. I dont know which number I should call to add my youngest kid. I called school district: they dont know : tell me call County, I called county: they tell me call State, I called state: they tell me to call school district 🙁
    Anyone knows who I should contact?

    1. You will not get one for any student that has began school this year. You have to wait for the p-ebt 2.0. who knows when that will be.

    1. Hi everyone! I sent an email to the CDSS lat week, and they responded today. I’m in LA County, and my child hasn’t received her extension card yet. I called the EBT customer service line @ (877) 328-9677 in December, and they could only see the 1st card that went out in June. Before I could ask the representative any questions, she stated everything that they cannot do, see, or answer about P-Ebt. I honestly think they are just there to answer phones. Anyway..I sent an email to, asking them who I would need to call to find out information since customer service doesn’t have the capability to answer many questions. Here was their response. I hope this helps someone!:

      This is in response to your e-mail to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) requesting information about Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits.

      In order to help provide food to children during the COVID-19 emergency, children who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals at school will receive extra food benefits. These food benefits, called P-EBT, will help eligible children and families buy food when schools are closed.

      The state of California has been authorized for another round of P-EBT benefits and are working on implementing the extension. Under the P-EBT extension, each eligible child will receive a new P-EBT card with P-EBT benefits for the months of August and September 2020. These new P-EBT cards will be mailed directly to families through mid-February. Eligible families do not need to apply to receive P-EBT extension benefits.

      Please allow four to six weeks, for processing, printing, and mailing from the distributor in Wisconsin.

      Hopefully, you will find this information helpful.

      1. Thank you for the inf. I’m in LA County too. I have called all the way to the state nutrition program and no help from them either, can’t provide answers to my questions as to why my kid was eligible to receive a first card but not the second one. The P-EBT helpline is telling me she won’t be getting the second one because they don’t see her approved in the system. I guess is a waiting game now. Every-time I call is a different story.

  36. I never received the second card. Called on Jan. 4. Was told it was returned as undeliverable. Went over my address. I was told a card would be mailed out. It is now Feb. 2. I phoned them twice since it should have been mailed, once at 10 days and was told to give it 15. I called again at 18 days. This time I asked if they thought it may be lost in the mail, or if the card was being mailed from China. It has now been a month of waiting on the new card, 24 business days. Something is wrong but I don’t believe it’s the mail.

      1. Stephanie S Santillan

        they told me it can take up to three months. If i dont recieve it by March call back. It was ordered Dec 21 2020

  37. Do we have a plan yet for continuing PEBT for California?? Other states are already receiving benefits and have a plan. Let’s just mirror them so we get the help out there that we all need?? Update would be nice as to when??

    1. I read online they extended benefits for the entire 2020 to 2021 school year were in fact approved and these new cards will be mailed out beginning mid March…

  38. Has anyone heard anything on the status of the P ebt 2.0. It seems like plans had been made for this month but nothing has been updated since February

    1. Hi, yes June 21 to July 31 it will be sent out for 4 months and then it looks like they will be reloading the new card after that.

    1. I saw this. How crazy is that. My kids are in daycare in a sense. I pay for them to be watched at home. Who do we call where do we let our voices be heard.

    2. I’m in Los Angeles County, and posted a response that I received back in January regarding the P-Ebt my high schooler was supposed to get. Well needless to say, she never got it! I have family members in Orange County who are enrolled in middle school, and high school…. who received new cards with P-Ebt benefits months ago though! I do not understand the system?! Anyway, I saw the update regarding kids in child care being approved as well, and I don’t understand it! I was searching the web a little while ago, and found this: UPDATE – May 25, 2021 – The State of California is currently working with the United States Department of Agriculture (UDSA) to finalize the plan for the next round of P-EBT. The agencies are close to final decisions and some benefits may begin to roll out for children ages 0-6 in the next 6-8 weeks. Older school-aged children may begin to receive the next round of P-EBT benefits in the coming months.
      So I guess we will just have to continue to wait? I found this update on this site:

    1. Not yet! I found another update here.
      P-EBT 2.0 cards for eligible young children who got CalFresh between October 2020 and January 2021 were automatically mailed beginning early July 2021 through August 2021. P-EBT 2.0 cards for eligible school age children will be automatically mailed beginning early August 2021 through November 2021. P-EBT 2.0 cards for eligible young children who got CalFresh between February 2021 and May 2021 will be automatically mailed beginning in November 2021. All remaining cards for both age groups will be mailed in December 2021.
      Cards will be mailed by age group in alphabetical order based on the first name of the eligible child. There is NO P-EBT 2.0 application.

      Summer P-EBT
      California’s Summer P-EBT plan has been approved! All eligible children will receive a standard summer P-EBT benefit of $375, which will be reloaded on existing P-EBT 2.0 cards in December 2021. School children who were eligible to receive free or reduce price school meals at a school participating in the federal meal programs at the end of school year 2020-21 will be eligible to receive summer P-EBT benefits. California also allowed families to submit a free or reduce price meal application to become newly eligible for summer P-EBT during the summer. Young children who are getting CalFresh food benefits will also receive summer P-EBT benefits.

  39. High School. They are issuing cards by first names initial. My daughters name starts with A and we received her card a week ago.

      1. I just got my 5th graders card yesterday her name starts with a K. But my high school daughters starts with a J and I haven’t gotten it yet.

  40. So I have 2 daughters. One that is in 9th grade with the letter J and one in 5th grade with the letter K. We are in California. I received my 5th grade daughters card yesterday. So that is elementary school letter K.

      1. For P-Ebt 2.0 they already paid out half of the benefit amount, but are still distributing the cards until the last day of November. As of December 1st they will be sending out any cards that haven’t been sent out and I believe they said the second half of benefits will also be added to everyone’s card starting in December, but I believe it will happened January.

      2. My daughter got 2 $123 deposits on 10/28, one $123 deposit yesterday (10/29, and one $123 deposit today. I just checked her balance today and noticed the extras! I checked the transaction history to see when the deposits were made!

    1. I already received my two oldest daughters back in sept
      They both have names that start with A middle and high , those cards recently reloaded with 123$

    1. That’s what I wanted to know too. Anyone here with children in elementary or highschool whose name starts with K-R? Have you received your children’s cards?

      1. Yes My daughters are in elementary school 5th grade with letter K and my oldest is in high school 9th grade with letter J. I received my 5th graders card about around the 17th and then my 9th graders card came about 3 or 4 days later. And they have already reloaded the cards with the rest of the benefits for last year.

  41. My kid attended a school with free and reduced lunch we received card but we don’t actually qualify for free lunches. Do I send it back? discard/shred? I’m sure this was an error. I never applied for one.

    1. You qualify if you received it , if you wish to not use it I believe you can shred it or call the number and they can help you . But if you use it you do not need to back pay.

  42. Both my kids got their cards reloaded with the summer payments. I checked them yesterday and nothing but then I checked today and it’s there.

  43. My son’s name starts with V. We still haven’t received the pebt 3.0 card. Does anyone have a timeline based on alphabetical order?

    1. My son who is 6 received his and my oldest who is in high school and starts with A got hers yesterday . My other two daughter in middle and elementary have not received anything , I find it weird they gave out high school before elementary

      1. They sent out infant to 6 years old in early November. They are sending out K-12 in December by first name. Since your daughter’s name starts with A, she was one of the first to get it. I feel I have a while before my son’s is sent out.

    1. My daughter’s name starts with a J and I haven’t gotten anything. I have a friend with a 13 year old daughter and her name starts with an S and they told her they sent out her car on November 17th and she still hasn’t gotten it.

  44. I was told my son’s (V) was sent out on November 30th and it takes 30 business days for you to receive it. It just takes longer because of the holidays.

    1. So my friend with the daughter (S) that was sent out on November 17th ended up calling again on Wednesday the 4th and they told her they can send her a new one and so she said yes and it would take 10 days and then today the 9th she got the new one in the mail.

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