P-EBT Card

Pandemic EBT

P-EBT was a one-time disaster response program intended to support children who lost access to free or reduced prices school meals due to pandemic related school facility closures during the months of March through June of 2020.  The program provided food benefits to students who would have received free or reduced-price school meals though the federal School Breakfast or National School Lunch Programs if not for the school facility closure.  At this time, federal funding for this program has not been renewed for the 2020-21 school year.  The California Department of Social Services and the California Department of Education wrapped up P-EBT operations at the end of August 2020.


As of July 31, all P-EBT eligibility decisions have been made. The deadline to appeal an eligibility decision was August 17. We are working on processing all the appeals we received. We will make final appeal decisions no later than one month from the date we received the appeal.

If you have already received a P-EBT card and need assistance with PIN set up, need to request a replacement card, or your P-EBT card did not arrive in the mail as expected, your local social service office can help. A list of local offices can be found here:  https://calfresh.dss.ca.gov/food/officelocator/ or call 1-877-847-3663 to get connected by phone. If you live in Los Angeles County, please call 1-877-597-4777.

Local social service offices can only help families that expected to receive a card in the mail or already received a P-EBT card. Local social service offices cannot assist with P-EBT eligibility issues or provide any status updates on P-EBT.  Thank you.

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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