Your P-EBT Questions, Answered (Part 2 of 2)

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Families with kids in grades K-12 can get extra money to cover food costs this summer. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is back for summer 2023. Providers is here to answer your questions about P-EBT and help you make the most of your benefits.

Missed our first FAQ on school year 2022-2023 P-EBT? Read it here.

What is summer P-EBT?

Summer P-EBT is a state-run program that helps families buy food. You can get money for food when your child is out of school for the summer. The money replaces the free or reduced-priced meals your child would have gotten at school.

As of April 2023, 22 states have announced summer P-EBT programs for kids in grades K-12. More states will announce programs in the coming months. Download the Providers app to see if your state is participating.

Is summer 2023 P-EBT going away now that SNAP emergency allotments have ended?

No. Summer 2023 P-EBT will continue even though SNAP emergency allotments have ended. You can keep track of whether your state is participating in summer P-EBT by downloading the Providers app.

Does my child qualify for P-EBT?

Your child is eligible if:

  • They’re in a public school in grades K-12
  • They get free or reduced-priced meals at school

If you think your child might qualify for free or reduced-priced meals at school but they’re not enrolled yet, contact your school district to apply. See program eligibility information.

Note that this year, children ages 0-6 in childcare are not eligible for summer P-EBT.

How do I get summer P-EBT?

If your state is participating in summer P-EBT and your child qualifies, you should get benefits automatically.

How much money will I get?

Your child will get a one-time payment for summer P-EBT. The amount for summer 2023 is lower than in previous years.

LocationAmount per child
Lower 48 states$120
Hawaii, Guam, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands$139

When will I get summer P-EBT?

You’ll get benefits no later than September 30, 2023. Download the Providers app to track estimated payment dates for your state.

Where will I get my P-EBT benefits?

States send P-EBT payments in different ways.

  • If you get food stamps, your child’s P-EBT benefits can be loaded right onto your EBT card.
  • If your child got a P-EBT card in the past, their school year P-EBT benefits can be loaded onto that card.
  • You may also get a new card in the mail.

If you have questions about how you’ll get your benefits, call your state’s P-EBT hotline.

How can I keep track of my P-EBT card balance?

If your child’s P-EBT benefits come on a card, you can add that card to your Providers account to keep track of your balance. If you don’t have Providers yet, download the app to start tracking your EBT and P-EBT balances.

What can I buy with my P-EBT benefits?

You can use your P-EBT to buy the same kinds of food items that you buy with food stamps. Any store that takes EBT also accepts P-EBT. Use the Providers app to find grocery stores near you that accept EBT, or to see online grocery options.

There’s a problem with my P-EBT benefits or card. What can I do?

Contact your state’s P-EBT hotline for help with your P-EBT benefits or card. Find your state’s P-EBT hotline.

I’m missing benefits from last summer. What can I do?

If you think your child qualified for P-EBT in a previous summer but didn’t get benefits, call your state’s P-EBT hotline. Find your state’s P-EBT hotline.

Download the Providers app for the latest updates on P-EBT and other benefit programs in your state.

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