P-EBT Card

Pandemic EBT

Update: We are experiencing a delay in processing applications for P-EBT due to the high volume of people who need help during the pandemic. If you have not received an email to notify you that your P-EBT card is on the way, we are not able to provide information on your application status by phone or email. You will hear back from us with your final eligibility status by July 30th. We are still available to support address changes, PIN set up, and other inquires that require assistance. Always provide us a phone number when sending us a message so that we can do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible. We thank you for your patience.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.

Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May.

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by the end of May must apply online before July 15, 2020. The online application is available at ca.p-ebt.org.

Client Outreach Materials

Outreach Toolkits

Flow Chart

P-EBT Card Setup

Information Flyers

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Frequently Asked Questions

Partner Resources

Quick Reference Guide

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Have Questions?

Send your inquiry: https://inquiry.pebt.dss.ca.gov/