The Arizona Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Benefits program is a partnership between the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
Currently, the State's plan for SNAP-enrolled children in child care only will provide P-EBT covering the months of August 2022 through May 11, 2023. Children in child care are eligible for benefits if they are enrolled in SNAP and their child care facility is closed or operating with reduced attendance or hours, or if they live in the area of a school that is closed or operating with reduced attendance or hours. Benefits will be issued depending on the number of days that eligible children do not receive meal services through their covered childcare facility. Learn more about P-EBT for Child Care.
With the public health emergency expected to end on May 11, 2023, children in childcare will not be eligible for the 2023 Summer P-EBT benefit. The Arizona State Plan will be for School Children only. School-aged children attending National School Lunch Program (NSLP) schools at the end of the academic School Year 2022-2023 who were determined eligible for free or reduced-price meals, or attending a school on an active Special Provision Option cycle (Community Eligibility Provision, Provision 2 or Provision 3) will receive Summer 2023 P-EBT. Additionally, households with school-aged children are able to apply for Summer 2023 P-EBT at the NSLP site where they are currently enrolled by submitting a NSLP household application by the last day of the academic school year, or June 30, 2023, whichever comes first. Each eligible child will receive a benefit of $120. DES will begin processing the school-aged children for their Summer P-EBT benefits starting late July/early August 2023. Learn more about Summer P-EBT Benefits.
P-EBT is established in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 116-127) as amended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (P.L. 66-70).
Eligible families with school-aged children will receive a pre-loaded Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that can be used to purchase groceries. Households with eligible children under age 6 who are currently receiving Nutrition Assistance and/or Cash Assistance benefits will have this additional benefit added to their existing EBT cards.
If you have additional questions, call the P-EBT hotline at 1 (844) 841-3802.