Use your P-EBT benefits

 

P-EBT funds for the 2020-21 school year will be available starting in late May. Newly eligible families will receive a P-EBT card in the mail in late May or mid-June 2021 for each child who is eligible for P-EBT. Contact your school office to check if your address is up to date. This card will be reloaded with funds over the year. Please KEEP THIS CARD.  Eligible families already participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can expect to have P-EBT benefits automatically loaded on their current EBT card in late May. When funds are available, here is how to use your P-EBT card. 

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How to activate your card

  • Visit www.ebtEDGE.com online OR call 888.328.2656 
  • Enter your 16-digit card number 
  • You will use the date of birth and ZIP code for the child whose name is on the card to set the card’s PIN
  • Be sure to sign the back of your card
  • If you lose or damage your card, a replacement can be requested by calling EBT Customer Service at 888.328.2656
  • You can change your current PIN anytime by logging onto ebtEDGE or by calling EBT Customer Service
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Where you can use P-EBT

Stores that accept SNAP

  • P-EBT can be used anywhere SNAP benefits are accepted, like grocery stores or smaller corner stores
  • Download the ebtEDGE mobile app to view locations near you that accept P-EBT benefits
  • Look for signs that say “We accept EBT/SNAP here” or a QUEST logo
  • Find SNAP retailers near you here.

Double Up Food Bucks

  • P-EBT can be used to earn Double Up Food Bucks. With Double Up Food Bucks, you can receive vouchers for up to an additional $20 in Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables. Visit the Double Up website for a list of participating markets near you. 
Healthy foods

What you can purchase

You can use P-EBT to buy most fresh, canned and frozen food items like: 

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, dairy and eggs
  • Rice, beans and dry goods
  • Snack crackers, coffee and bakery cakes 
  • Seeds and plants that produce food for the household to eat

Click here for a complete list of approved food items.

Want to learn more about how to stretch your food budget with healthy meals? Visit our SNAP-Ed page.

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How to pay

  • Before you complete the purchase, it is important to know the balance on your P-EBT account
  • At checkout, swipe your card through the Point-of-Sale (POS) terminal or if necessary, you can hand your card to the cashier for manual entry
  • Some devices may require you to select food or cash. Select food to access your P-EBT benefits
  • Enter your four-digit PIN. *Do not provide your PIN verbally, the store clerk should never require you to provide it. 
  • Press the OK or ENTER key
  • Verify the purchase amount and if it is correct, press the YES key. *If there are not enough funds to cover the full purchase amount, some devices may require manual entry of the available food balance. 
  • The cashier will give you a receipt for your completed purchase; check your receipt to make sure the amount is correct. The store receipt will show the remaining balance in your account. 
  • The above steps may be slightly different for each type of POS terminal, but the cashier can help you if needed.
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Buying food online

You can use your P-EBT card, just like a SNAP EBT card, to shop for food online from several retailers. Some stores will deliver to your home, while others require you to use curbside pickup. For details about using your EBT card to buy food online, visit each of the following retailers' websites:

  • Amazon: Accepts EBT payment during checkout and offers delivery and discounted Prime memberships
  • Walmart: Accepts EBT payment during checkout and offers pickup service
  • King Soopers: Offers pickup service and EBT payment at pickup
  • Safeway/Albertson's: Offers pickup service and EBT payment at pickup

Additional online retailers are anticipated to be operational for EBT card holders in the coming months.