P-EBT: Money for Food for All NYC Public School Students
(Last updated: December 16, 2020)
New York State has recently finished the initial distribution of P-EBT benefits for this past
school year. There are still many families have not yet received their benefit for
various reasons, such as a change in address.
IMPORTANT: If you have not received your child's P-EBT food benefit for March-June 2020:
1. Complete the State P-EBT Contact Form
Click here to complete the contact form.
2. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
School attended in spring 2020
Date of birth
Address(es) (Include former and current address if you think the mailing may have gone to an old address)
NY State P-EBT Helpline: 1-833-452-0096
PLEASE NOTE: The State P-EBT helpline is not currently staffed and you will get an automated recording.
For those receiving P-EBT on their Medicaid Common Benefit Identification Card (CBIC) (Wave 2):
For those getting a new card just for P-EBT (Wave 3):
Please note: When activating your P-EBT Wave 3
card, DO NOT use your child's social security
number when prompted. Instead, enter your child's
actual date of birth.
The mailer that contains the P-EBT card and letter for Wave 3 looks like this:
Card Activation Line: 1-888-328-6399
This is also the number you will use to check the balance on your card.
You can also check your card balance by visiting www.connectebt.com.
Download P-EBT Flyer
An overview of P-EBT food benefits for students in NYC. Download the PDF in:
Youth Food Advocates' Visual
Youth Food Advocates created a visual as an easy way for NYC students and their families to learn, understand, and share information about P-EBT:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Community Food Advocates created FAQs specific to NYC, available in:
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) administers P-EBT and has FAQs available:
Community Food Advocates has recordings of recent presentations about P-EBT:
P-EBT Wave 2: Info for families with students enrolled in Medicaid
Click here for more information on how to activate and set up a PIN for a card, and more...
Need Help with P-EBT?
Call the State P-EBT Helpline: 1-833-452-0096