Who gets Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)?
Children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get a food benefit called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for the months their school is closed. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use for food and groceries, just like a debit card. This benefit is in addition to their pick-up meals from the school and receiving P-EBT does not impact their ability to receive CalFresh benefits.
P-EBT is available to all eligible California families with school aged children, regardless of their immigration status. P-EBT is not the same as CalFresh or Food Stamps. P-EBT is an emergency food benefit and is similar to other benefits that immigration officials do not consider for public charge purposes.
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How to get P-EBT
Who does NOT need to apply
If your family receives CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or CalWORKs benefits, you do NOT need to apply for P-EBT. The state will automatically mail you a P-EBT card with $365 per child between May 12 and May 22, 2020. Note: You may not get the full P-EBT amount if your family started getting CalFresh or Medi-Cal benefits for the first time after schools closed.
Who NEEDS to apply
If you have children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals but did not get a P-EBT card in the mail by May 22, 2020, you must apply online before June 30, 2020. To apply after May 22, visit ca.p-ebt.org. Eligible families should receive their P-EBT card within 10 days after applying.
- For details on P-EBT: Information About P-EBT
- Download the flyer ( English/ Spanish)
- To apply for P-EBT after May 22: Visit ca.p-ebt.org.
- For help with your P-EBT card: Call California’s EBT Service Center at (877) 328-9677, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for help with PIN set-up, address change, lost or stolen cards, application status, and basic eligibility troubleshooting.
- For questions about your existing CalFresh or Medi-Cal benefits: Call (877) 699-6868.
- For SonomaWORKs, call (707) 565-5500.