What is P-EBT?
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary benefit for children who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch or the school district participates in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), but did not receive meals at school or day care due to closure, hybrid, or virtual learning. This benefit will help cover food costs from September 2020 through May 2021.
Who is eligible for P-EBT?
Children in school: Your child may be eligible if they normally get free or reduced-price meals at school but they were not able to because their school was not doing in-person classes or had reduced hours at least 5 days in a row due to COVID-19. NOTE: Closures do not include weekends, holidays, or regularly scheduled breaks
How much is the P-EBT benefit?
Your child's monthly benefit will depend on how many days they learned remotely:
- If your child was learning remotely for 12 days or less during a month, you will get the maximum monthly benefit of $77.75
- If your child was learning remotely for 13 school days or more during a month, you will get the maximum monthly benefit of $129.58
How do I apply for P-EBT?
You must apply for P-EBT if your child is school-aged, even if your family already gets SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits. The deadline to apply for P-EBT benefits is July 31, 2021.
Family Support Division
615 E. 13th St
Kansas City, MO 64106
NOTE: If your child is under the age of 6 and your household was approved for SNAP any time after October 1, 2020, you do not need to apply for P-EBT. This benefit will automatically be loaded to your EBT card.
When applying for P-EBT, please make sure that:
- Your child’s school district participates in the National School Lunch Program - WE DO IN HICKMAN MILLS!
- You use your child’s full name (as it appears on their school district’s file) and not their nickname
- Your child’s date of birth is correct
- Your child was enrolled in the school district or building at the time the school closed due to the pandemic (NOTE: This includes early head start students or kindergarten students who were not enrolled in school during the 2020-2021 school year)
- ALSO - Be sure to mark other for the question "How was your child certififed to receive free or reduced meals?"
How will my child get P-EBT benefits?
If your child is school-aged, once your application is approved you will get a P-EBT card in your child’s name with the benefit on it. The P-EBT benefit will be one lump sum. If your child’s P-EBT application is not approved, you will get a letter about the decision and information about hearing rights.
If your child is under age 6 and your household was approved for SNAP any time after October 1, 2020 your child’s P-EBT benefit will automatically be loaded as one lump sum onto your household’s EBT card.
Last year, I applied online. Can I apply online this year?
No, unfortunatley there is not an online application for the 2020-2021 school year. You will need to fill out the P-EBT Application (aplicación en Español) and submit it by email to [email protected] or by mail to:
Family Support Division
615 E. 13th St
Kansas City, MO 64106
The HMC-1 School Nutrition Department is here to help you download, complete, and submit your application. Call 816-316-8212 to request assistance today!
If I currently get SNAP, will my child automatically get P-EBT benefits?
If your child is under age 6 their P-EBT benefit will automatically be loaded to you household’s EBT card. You will not need to apply for P-EBT.
What time period will P-EBT benefits cover?
This P-EBT benefit will cover September 2020 through May 2021. If approved, your child’s P-EBT benefit will be loaded as one lump sum onto a new or existing P-EBT card.
How long will P-EBT benefits stay on my EBT card?
P-EBT benefits are good for 9 months from the date the benefits are placed on your EBT card.
Where can I use my P-EBT benefits?
You can use your P-EBT card in any grocery store or retail location anywhere in the United States that displays the QUEST Mark®.
What can I buy with P-EBT benefits?
P-EBT benefits can be used to buy food and food products, such as plants and seeds to grow food, just like SNAP benefits.
Are there any restrictions when using a P-EBT card?
Yes, the same restrictions that apply for regular EBT cards will also apply to P-EBT cards. P-EBT benefits cannot buy any of the following:
- Hot prepared foods
- Foods prepared to be immediately eaten
- Vitamins, medicine, supplements
- Non-food items such as paper products, soap, or pet food
Can my child receive meals provided by the school if they get P-EBT benefits?
YES! Students can get P-EBT and also get meals provided by the school district.
I applied for P-EBT, how long will it take to get approved?
It may take up to 30 days to review and approve your P-EBT application.
I made an error on my P-EBT application. Can I fix it?
No, you cannot change your P-EBT application after we receive it. We may contact you if we need additional information. If we do not approve your P-EBT application, you will have an opportunity to appeal the decision.
If my household income has changed during the pandemic, how can I apply to have my children participate in free and reduced-price meals?
You will need to reach out to your school district to apply for free and reduced-price meals. After you have been approved for free or reduced price meals, you will also need to apply for P-EBT (aplicación en Español) in order to get P-EBT benefits.
What should I do if I did not get P-EBT benefits for all of my children?
If you do not get P-EBT benefits for all of your children and you believe you should have, please call the Family Support Division at 855-FSD-INFO (855-373-4636) and ask our team to review your case.
Why was my P-EBT application denied?
Here are some common reasons a P-EBT application may be denied:
- Your child’s name must match the name the school district has on file
- Your application used your child’s nickname rather than their full name
- Your child’s date of birth was is incorrect or doesn’t match the file at the school district
- Your child wasn’t enrolled in the school district or building at the time the school closed due to the pandemic (NOTE: This includes early head start students or kindergarten students who were not enrolled in school during the 2020-2021 school year)
- Your child’s school district doesn’t participate in the National School Lunch Program
If you do not understand why your application was denied, call the Family Support Division at 855-FSD-INFO (855-373-4636).
What if I have questions about P-EBT?
If you have questions about P-EBT, please call the Family Support Division at 855-FSD-INFO (855-373-4636).