The Pandemic EBT Program Will Return
If you have not already done so for the 20/21 school year, please contact your child's school to complete a National School Lunch Program (NSLP) application in preparation for the reestablishment of Pandemic EBT.
Keep Your P-EBT Cards
If you participated in the Pandemic EBT program in 2020, please hold on to the EBT card provided to you. If the program is reestablished, you will be able to use the same EBT card to access benefits more quickly.
Pandemic EBT(P-EBT) provides assistance to households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals while schools are either closed or offering a full-time or part-time distance learning model due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Arizona P-EBT Benefits program is a partnership between DES, the Arizona Department of Education, and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
P-EBT for the 2020/2021 school year also includes a Child Care P-EBT. Child Care P-EBT provides a supplement for children under the age of six receiving Nutrition Assistance benefits in Arizona. This supplement is being provided with the idea the child would have been in child care had there not been a pandemic. For more information, see the Child Care P-EBT page.
P-EBT is explained in Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 116-127) as amended by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (P.L. 116-159).
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 either:
- Is enrolled in the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act program in Arizona whose school is either closed or offering a full-time or part-time distance learning model due to the COVID-19 pandemic; OR
- Is under the age of 6 and receiving Nutrition Assistance
Whether a child receives full payment, partial payment, or no payment depends on the learning model of the child’s school as reported by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).
The full and partial benefit amounts for each month are show below:
* TBD - To Be Determined
For additional information and the learning model reported by your school, please visit the P-EBT Benefit Information page.
For P-EBT benefit information for children under 6 receiving Nutrition Assistance, see Child Care P-EBT.