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.
View the flyer created by the Arizona Food Bank Network.
When Were P-EBT Benefits Issued?
DES began issuing P-EBT to SNAP households on April 23, and began distributing benefits to remaining families May 12 for March, April and May benefits.
Eligible Families Who Have Not Received Pandemic EBT
The Arizona Department of Education provided DES with a list of children currently enrolled in the free or reduced-price school meal program. However, some of the information provided was not complete, and P-EBT benefits could not be issued to these households.
Eligible families who have not received P-EBT benefits will be able to provide missing information through the portal below to receive benefits. This portal is available from June 15, 2020 to August 1, 2020.
The P-EBT portal may also be used by families who have not been able to enroll in the free or reduced-price school meals program due to school closures, if they meet the income eligibility requirements. A child may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits when the household income is below the eligibility income level, or the household income is reduced below the eligibility income level, on or after March 16, 2020. The child must have been attending a participating NSLP school when schools were closed due to the public health emergency.
Families who have already received P-EBT benefits DO NOT need to take any action at this time. However, families are advised to hold onto their P-EBT cards in the event they are needed in the future.
Access the Pandemic EBT Portal
This list of schools will update their data for eligible families on June 27, 2020.
Questions? Call the P-EBT Customer Service Hotline at 1 (844) 841-3802 Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. excluding holidays.