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Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Update

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary federal food benefit program for families to buy food to make up for school meals that were missed while students were enrolled in remote/blended learning.

Benefits can be used anywhere EBT/SNAP are accepted, including most retail food stores and farmers markets.

P-EBT is for ALL NYC public school students regardless of family income or immigration status. P-EBT applies to any school participating in the National School Lunch Program, including private, pre-K, charter, and religious schools. P-EBT is not a public charge.

There is no application for P-EBT, it is issued automatically.

• DISTRIBUTION 1 Covers March - June 2020, and was issued in fall 2020

• DISTRIBUTION 2 Covers Sept 2020 - March 2021, and started distribution in June 2021

• DISTRIBUTION 3 Covers April - June 2021, and will start issuing in fall 2021

For more information:

• For answers to commonly asked P-EBT food benefit questions visit the NYS OTDA website at

• NY State P-EBT Helpline: 1-833-452-0096

• EBT Customer Service 1-888-328-6399 or to request a replacement card, check your balance, or activate (PIN) a card