If you just got a letter regarding Pandemic EBT, please hold on to it and wait for your P-EBT card to arrive in the mail so you can set up the pin and use the card. If you have your card and letter, you can setup your pin by calling the automated system at 1-888-997-9333 or by visiting www.ebtedge.com.
What is Pandemic EBT?
Pandemic EBT(P-EBT), as introduced in H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, provides assistance to households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, while schools are out of session due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arizona P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits program is a partnership between DES, the Arizona Department of Education, and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
How Does Pandemic EBT Work?
Eligible families will receive a pre-loaded Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that can be used to purchase groceries. Households currently receiving Nutrition Assistance and/or Cash Assistance benefits will have this additional benefit added to their existing EBT cards. This benefit is available for every child in the household that is enrolled in the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act program in Arizona.
Benefit Amount for Each Child
- $69 for March
- $126 for April
- $120 for May
Note: Families who first start participating in the free and reduced-price school meal program after March 16 will receive Pandemic EBT benefits prorated to their start date, if their child is enrolled at a participating school.
When Will P-EBT Benefits Be Issued?
DES will begin issuing March, April and May P-EBT benefits to remaining children who are current Nutrition Assistance and/or Cash Assistance recipients as well as all Non-SNAP National School Lunch Program (NSLP) participants starting May 12. This benefit is for children who match records from information provided by participating NSLP local schools. Arizona DES will mail out each Non-SNAP family a P-EBT card and a separate letter about the P-EBT program. The letter will have important information on how to setup the card and use the benefit. See the FAQ below for a picture of what the P-EBT card looks like.
Nutrition Assistance and/or Cash Assistance - SNAP households that have not already received the benefit will see the increase on their accounts for any children identified as participating in the NSLP who were not identified and paid earlier.
The issuance will be distributed over 13 calendar days based on first letter of the Parent/Guardian’s the last name.
|If the First Letter of your Last Name is
||Benefits for March, April and May are deposited
|A or B
|C or D
|E or F
|G or H
|I or J
|K or L
|M or N
|O or P
|Q or R
|S or T
|U or V
|W or X
|Y or Z
Arizona DES plans to have an online website available June 10 for families to check the status of their P-EBT card. Call the P-EBT Customer Service Hotline to provide updated address information if you don’t receive a card by May 29 and the online website tells you it is already sent. Any eligible families that did not receive a P-EBT card and have children attending schools participating in the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act may go online and verify their status.
If the child(ren) are homeless or disabled, you can call the P-EBT hotline to have your card enabled for our Restaurant Meal Program RMP - https://des.az.gov/services/basic-needs/food-assistance/restaurant-meals-program.
View the flyer created by the Arizona Food Bank Network.