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