Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) provides families with funds to replace school meals because schools were closed this spring. P-EBT is used like a debit card to buy groceries anywhere that accepts SNAP. This benefit is for ALL children in Washington who receive free or reduced-price school meals.
P-EBT is a worth a maximum of $399 for every eligible child. Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT – it is not SNAP and will not count in a public charge test. Children are allowed to get free meals while our schools are closed and get P-EBT – they are separate programs. Children will get this benefit only once for this school year.
If a family with a school-age child (or children) is enrolled in SNAP by the end of June, the P-EBT benefits for all kids will be added to their EBT card. If a child (or children) was enrolled in free/reduced-price school meals by June 30 or attends a school where all kids get free school meals, families are eligible for P-EBT - they just have to complete a simple application and a P-EBT card will be mailed to their home. Families will be able to apply online, however, it is not open yet, at www.WashingtonConnection.org or by phone at 877-501-2233 (DSHS Customer Call Center).
If a family was not enrolled in SNAP or free/reduced-price school meals when schools closed, but enrolls since then, the child’s benefits will be pro-rated. Each child will get the equivalent of $5.70 per day for every school day since March 13 that they were enrolled.
Washington expects P-EBT to launch by June 30; families who must complete a P-EBT application can apply until the new school year begins.
Because families whose lives have been disrupted by COVID-19 may not receive or see the notices about this benefit, there will need to be a strong outreach effort from trusted messengers like you. We are working with the Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition in developing simplified communications that we will share with you when ready and ask you to please help share with your participants. Remember that when talking about P-EBT, we must be clear that P-EBT is not SNAP. It does not count towards public charge for families with immigrants, and it can be used in conjunction with SNAP benefits and any meal programs operating since schools closed. P-EBT is a new emergency program for ALL children who receive free or reduced-price school meals. P-EBT is not subject to public charge and will not affect your immigration status. P-EBT provides families with funds to pay the cost of meals while schools are closed due to COVID-19