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Colorado P-EBT

Contact information

Contact the P-EBT Support Center by phone, SMS text message or email for general questions or case-specific information. 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.


Fraud warning and scammer alert
Fraud warning for EBT card holders

There are reports of increased fraud surrounding EBT cards in several states. EBT cards can be skimmed or cloned, and anyone can access your benefits if they have your card number and PIN information. You can keep your EBT cards safe through a couple of easy steps — change your PIN often, and you can freeze your EBT card to stop new purchases and PIN changes. Log into the ebtEDGE mobile app for your smartphone, or log into the Cardholder Portal for more information.

Watch out for P-EBT scammers

Watch out for P-EBT scammers. Scammers are trying to trick families into giving out personal information on fraudulent P-EBT forms. Remember: There is no P-EBT application. P-EBT benefits for summer 2023 will be based on 2022-23 school attendance. CDHS and the USDA will not ask for personal information through an application for P-EBT.

If you are unsure about P-EBT information or see something suspicious, contact the Colorado P-EBT Support Center at or 1.800.536.5298.

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What is P-EBT?

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is a federal program created to provide food assistance to Colorado families with students or young children who had reduced access to meals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Using P-EBT does not impact you or your child’s immigration status. 
  • P-EBT benefits are issued retroactively based on school attendance and COVID-19 outbreak information reported by the student's school district, or SNAP participation for children under 6. 
    • Colorado was not authorized to provide P-EBT benefits for the 2022-23 school year.
    • Summer 2023 benefits are available for children who attended a school that participated in the National School Lunch Program during the 2022-23 school year and who were eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school.
  • Families can use P-EBT funds to purchase foods based on their dietary needs and preferences from retailers in their communities.
  • P-EBT funds may be available on a P-EBT or SNAP EBT card. You can learn more about eligible food purchases here.
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Who is eligible for P-EBT?

A child may be eligible for summer 2023 P-EBT if they:

  • Were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals; AND
  • Were enrolled in a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) as of May 2023; AND
  • The student’s district reports student information to the P-EBT program

Due to the ending of the Public Health Emergency in May 2023, SNAP households with children under 6 are not eligible to receive P-EBT benefits for summer 2023.

For more information about free and reduced-price meal eligibility or to apply, contact your school or district directly.

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How do I get P-EBT?

  • Make sure your student’s school and/or SNAP case has the correct mailing address on file to ensure benefit notifications are sent to the correct address.
  • There is no P-EBT application; the P-EBT program can only act on data submitted to the program by other state agencies.
  • Eligible children will be mailed a notice of eligibility.
  • Keep P-EBT cards, as possible future benefits may be issued on existing P-EBT cards. 
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When will P-EBT benefits be available?

Summer 2023 P-EBT benefits will begin to be issued in mid-July 2023. This will be the last distribution of funds for the P-EBT program, as the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has ended.

Summer 2023 P-EBT benefits will be issued as a single payment of $120.

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