What is P-EBT?
P-EBT provides your family with funds to help buy food when schools were remote or hybrid due to COVID-19. You can receive up to $136.40 per school month for each eligible remote learner, or up to $81.84 per school month for each eligible hybrid learner to stretch your food budget!
Who is eligible?
A student is eligible if they:
● Attended a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); and
● Are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school; and
● Attended a school with a "remote" or "hybrid" learning model for at least one month this school year or opted for remote learning by October 1, 2020, and continued learning remotely until at least March 31, 2021.
You can check if your school participates in the NSLP at https://bit.ly/32atwK2
Do I need to apply?
● There is no separate application for P-EBT for the 2020-2021 school year, but students do need to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals to qualify for P-EBT.
● Apply for free or reduced-price school meals at your school office or website before the end of the school year. https://www.myschoolapps.com
How do I get P-EBT benefits?
● You can access your benefits on an EBT or P-EBT card, which acts just like a debit card for grocery purchasing only (not to withdraw cash).
● If your household received SNAP and your student(s) are eligible, your P-EBT benefit will be automatically loaded onto your current EBT card that you already have starting in late May.
● Families without a SNAP EBT card will receive a P-EBT card for each eligible student in the mail starting in late May. The card will be mailed to your address on file with your school. This card will be reloaded, so please KEEP THIS CARD. If you need to update your address, please contact your school district.
● P-EBT benefits will be issued retroactively for this school year in lump sum payments.
School Months Approximate P-EBT Issuance
Sept 2020-Dec2020 Late May
Jan 2020-Mar 2021 Late June
Apr 2021-May 2021 Late July
Your P-EBT card can be used to buy food at grocery stores, convenience stores, at select online retailers, and even many farmers markets, so you can buy the food your family likes and support local businesses! More information on eligible purchases can be found at www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items.
To find out more about P-EBT, visit the Colorado P-EBT website at cdhs.colorado.gov/p-ebt.
Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT and P-EBT is not part of the public charge rule.