School age foster kids qualify for Pandemic-EBT

School age foster kids qualify for Pandemic-EBT

What is P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program?

Because of COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. P-EBT is a new and temporary food benefit to help families buy groceries because schools were closed.

Important Information

• Applications for P-EBT must be completed by August
31, 2020 or before the start of the 2020-2021 school
year – whichever is later.
• If you need help understanding your eligibility or
how to apply for benefits, see the FAQ at or contact
DSHS at 877-501-2233 or [email protected]

How do I apply for PEBT?

  1. Online: (on the application, choose ‘Pandemic EBT — Emergency School Meals Program’ box in the Food Assistance section) OR
  2. Call: 877–501–2233 (DSHS Customer Service Contact Center — Language translation available)

To apply, for each child you need to know:

  • Name of your child’s school or school district
  • Your child’s first and last name as it appears on school enrollment records
  • Child’s date of birth

P-EBT benefits are approved if the information on your child’s school meal application matches the child’s information on the P-EBT application with DSHS.

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