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P-EBT: Money for Food for All NYC Public School Students

This page has information about P-EBT funds for spring (March-June) 2020

CLICK HERE for information about P-EBT for the 2020-2021 School Year

P-EBT Updates

(Last updated: February 10, 2021)

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


  • Student name

  • 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.

The NYS benefit for the 2020-2021 school year has NOT been approved yet. We do not know when distribution will begin.
  • Once the NYS plan is approved, we will host info sessions to share the details.

  • Keep all P-EBT cards from spring 2020. Your child's 2020-2021 benefit might go there.

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:

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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

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


Click here for more information on how to activate and set up a PIN for a card, and more...

P-EBT Resources
Need Help with P-EBT?

Call the State P-EBT Helpline: 1-833-452-0096

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