Pandemic-EBT is a new crisis response nutrition program activated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide food benefits to 2.1 million New York students. Every child who receives free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program is eligible to receive P-EBT benefits. This includes children who attend a school that provides free lunch to all.
Important highlights of Pandemic-EBT:
- Each eligible child will receive $420 in P-EBT food benefits.
- P-EBT benefits can be used to buy food at SNAP-participating stores.
- No application is necessary. P-EBT benefits will be issued automatically between June and August. Families who receive SNAP, Public Assistance or Medicaid will get benefits on their current EBT or Medicaid card. Others will receive a new EBT card in the mail.
- Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT. Using P-EBT does not affect a parent/guardian or child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does not apply to P-EBT.
- P-EBT is not SNAP, and does not replace other nutrition programs. Families can still use other programs while using P-EBT. These include summer meals, SNAP, WIC, and “grab and go” or delivered meals from school.