UPDATE (July 26, 2021) — P-EBT benefits for July (April 2021-May 2021 school months) will be issued for most students in late July. Due to updated data, the P-EBT benefits for school-age children who had opted into remote learning by Oct. 1, 2020 for the full school year are delayed. We hope to distribute this payment in August to current P-EBT cards or SNAP EBT cards. Please contact the Colorado P-EBT Support Center to receive specific information on your P-EBT status.
Contact the Colorado P-EBT Support Center by phone or email: 1.800.536.5298 or email@example.com
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 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 if they are either: (1) enrolled in SNAP or TANF, (2) are in foster care, (3) are considered homeless/migrant, (4) completed an Application 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.
As of June 2, families on SNAP with children under the age of 6 may be eligible for P-EBT benefits for the 2020-21 school year.
For families to be eligible, children must be:
- Under the age of 6 as of October 1, 2020, and were not eligible to 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 October 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 that applications received after May 2021 may be considered for summer 2021 P-EBT eligibility, but cannot be used to issue P-EBT benefits retroactively for the 2020-2021 school year.)
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. Apply for the free or reduced-price school meal program before the end of the school year at your school or district office, or by visiting your school website for more information. 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. Benefits for children under 6 on SNAP will begin to be issued in August.
- Make sure your address is up-to-date at your child’s school as new P-EBT cards may be mailed to this address. 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.
- 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.