Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the 2020-2021 School Year
Money for Food for All NYC Public School Students

UPDATE: July 16, 2021
P-EBT  Status: Distribution #1 is ONGOING 

Use this tool to check the distribution status for your child's school. All NYC public school students are automatically eligible. Charter and parochial schools not on the list are not eligible for P-EBT.

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Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) covers the cost of missed school meals while students learn remotely. 

All NYC public school students—regardless of income and immigration status—are automatically eligible for P-EBT for the 2020-2021 school year. No application or registration is required. P-EBT does not affect any other benefits or public charge status.

The monthly amount is based on a student’s primary mode of learning for each of the 10 months of the school year (September 2020–June 2021)

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$82 for each month

for students with 1-12 days of remote learning for that month

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$132 for each month

for students with 13 or more days of remote learning for that month.

Distribution 1 covers September 2020–March 2021, began June 14, and is currently: ONGOING

Distribution 2 covers April–June 2021, expected to start in late summer/fall.*

*Distribution dates are approximate

P-EBT funds will be issued automatically to families on their benefits cards or on a new P-EBT card will be mailed. You do not have to apply.

The funds will be issued in one of four ways:

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Current EBT card

if the student is enrolled in SNAP and/or Public Assistance (PA). 

Medicaid CBIC card

only if the student’s P-EBT funds were issued to this card for spring 2020 AND the funds were spent.

P-EBT card issued for spring 2020

only if the student’s P-EBT funds for spring 2020 were spent.

EBT Customer Service 1-888-328-6399, you can:

  • Request a replacement card

  • Check your P-EBT balance

  • Activate (PIN) a card


You can also check your card balance by visiting

The NY State P-EBT Hotline: 1-833-452-0096, can help you:

  • Activate a card if you're having trouble activating

NEW P-EBT card

will be mailed for each student who: 


Is new to the school system this year and not enrolled in SNAP or public assistance;


Received their spring 2020 P-EBT on an existing SNAP and/or public assistance EBT card or Medicaid CBIC but are no longer enrolled in those programs;


Received their spring 2020 P-EBT on a separate P-EBT card or Medicaid CBIC card but did not redeem (spend) the benefit.


Spring 2020 P-EBT Resources 

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:

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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: 

State FAQs


Community Food Advocates has recordings of recent presentations about P-EBT:

P-EBT Wave 2: Info for families with students enrolled in Medicaid

Info Session on May 27, 2020

Presentación en español