Pandemic EBT Program

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program provides extra food assistance for families with children who normally receive free or reduced lunch at school. Families will receive $371 per child to purchase food at EBT authorized retailers. 

Who is eligible for P-EBT? 

The following families are eligible for P-EBT: 

    • Families who are currently receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits 
    • Families whose children are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program
    • Families whose children are not enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program, but are eligible for these benefits

How can I apply? 

There is no application for P-EBT. Eligibility is determined based on enrollment in the free and reduced lunch program. If you believe your children are eligible for free and reduced lunch benefits, but are not currently enrolled, contact the child’s school to apply. 

How will I get my benefits? 

Families already enrolled in the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program will automatically receive the extra benefit on their EBT card. Those not enrolled in the FNS program will receive an EBT card and letter in the mail. 

Other Frequently Asked Questions 

What if my address is incorrect or I have moved?

Those currently receiving FNS benefits should contact their caseworker to report a change of address. Those NOT receiving FNS benefits should update their address through ebtEDGE

How much will I receive in P-EBT benefits?

Families will receive $371 per child in two installments

How do I activate my P-EBT card?

Cardholders will need to create a pin number to activate the card. Applicants can visit ebtEDGE, use the ebtEDGE app, or call 1-888-622-7328 to complete this process.

For more frequently asked questions, visit NCDHHS

Need more information?

If you didn’t find what you need on this page or need more information on local resources, dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162. Our call specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Source: NCDHHS

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