UPDATE (Aug. 23, 2021) — Summer 2021 P-EBT was federally approved for Colorado. More details on the 2021 Summer P-EBT benefit will be available by the end of September.
Contact the Colorado P-EBT Support Center by phone or email: 1.800.536.5298 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Support Center is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
What is P-EBT?
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is a federal program created to provide additional funds for families to buy food when schools or childcare facilities were closed or on a remote or hybrid learning model due to COVID-19.
- When schools were closed for the 2019-2020 school year, P-EBT benefits supported healthy and wholesome meals for 180,026 children who would typically have received free or reduced-price school meals last spring.
- P-EBT funds may be available on a P-EBT or SNAP EBT card. You can learn more about eligible food purchases here.
- Using P-EBT does NOT impact you or your child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does NOT apply to P-EBT funds.
- You can use P-EBT funds and also get food from grab and go school meal sites.
Who is eligible for P-EBT?
A school-aged child may be eligible if these conditions are met:
- Attend a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) AND
- Are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school (income guidelines here) AND
- Attended a school with a "remote" or "hybrid" learning model for at least one month this school year; OR opted for remote learning by October 1, 2020 and continued learning remotely until at least March 31, 2021.
- Free or reduced-price meal eligibility
Students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if they: (1) enrolled in SNAP or TANF; (2) are in foster care; (3) are a migratory child and/ or are experiencing homelessness; (4) completed an application and were approved for free and reduced-price meals during the 2019-20 or 2020-21 school year; or (5) attended a school that serves meals under a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or as a Provision 2 school.
Families should work directly with their school office to ensure they are enrolled in free and reduced-price meals.
A SNAP under 6 child may be eligible if these conditions are met:
- Was 0-5 years old on Oct. 1, 2020, or born after Oct. 1, 2020, AND
- Did not receive P-EBT benefits through school enrollment; AND
- A member of a household that received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at any time between Oct. 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021.
Don’t have SNAP? Apply now and your local county office will contact you regarding your SNAP application. Please note: applying now will not provide eligibility for 20-21 school year benefits, but may offer eligibility for possible future P-EBT benefits.
How do I get P-EBT?
- You will NOT need to apply for P-EBT through a separate application.
- Your student must be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and be enrolled in a National School Lunch Program (NSLP) participating school. If you aren’t sure if your child's school participates in the NSLP, you can check this list to find out.
- Benefits for school-age children will begin to be issued in late May. For families with children under 6 years old, you may be eligible for P-EBT if your child is a member of a household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
- Benefits for children under 6 on SNAP will begin to be issued in early September.
- SNAP for families with children under 6
For families with children under 6 years old, you may be eligible for P-EBT if your child is a member of a household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. SNAP is an ongoing monthly food benefit that helps families to afford healthy food when budgets are tight. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a household participating in SNAP will receive the maximum benefit amount. For instance, a household of three may be eligible to receive up to $616 per month.