Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the 2020-2021 School Year
Money for Food for All NYC Public School Students
UPDATE: September 7, 2021
P-EBT Status: Distribution #1 is IN PROGRESS
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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)
$82 for each month
for students with 1-12 days of remote learning for that month
$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:
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
Request a replacement card
Check your P-EBT balance
Activate (PIN) a card
You can also check your card balance by visiting www.connectebt.com.
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.