School Year 2021-22 P-EBT Information

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The information provided below is in reference to school year 2020-21 P-EBT benefits in North Carolina.

Summer P-EBT may be available for eligible children. Eligibility requirements for summer P-EBT are different than the requirements for the school year and are based on guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). For information related to Summer P-EBT, please visit the Summer 2022 Eligibility page.

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Child Care P-EBT

2021-22 School Year Benefits for Children

Is My Child Eligible?

View the full Child Care Eligibility Notice (Spanish).

There is no application for P-EBT. To be eligible for benefits, a child must be 5 years old or younger (as of September 1, 2021) and be included in an active FNS case. Eligibility will be rechecked each month.

Important: If a child’s FNS case closes, Child Care P-EBT benefits will end with the month of case closure. If a child turns 6 years old during the school year, they may continue to receive P-EBT so long as they are still included in an active FNS case and not in school and identified in the Student P-EBT population. 

A statewide benefit amount will be issued each month based on guidance from USDA. All eligible children across the state will receive the same amount. However, the amount will likely change with each issuance. 

Households with children 5 years old and younger who submitted an FNS application or added an eligible child to their FNS case after September 2021 but before May 2022 will receive these benefits beginning the month of approval.

Benefit Schedule and Amount

Benefit Month(s) Issuance Month (2022) Benefit Amount
September and October 2021 May September = $35.50
October = $35.50
November and December 2021 June November = $42.60
December = $42.60
January and February 2022 July January = $35.50
February = $35.50
March, April and May 2022 August

March = $28.40
April = $28.40
May = $28.40

Student P-EBT

2021-22 School Year Benefits for Students

Is My Student Eligible?

View the full Student Eligibility Notice (Spanish).

P-EBT benefits will be issued for the 21-22 school year under new program rules. This year, eligibility and benefit amount is based on the individual student’s attendance record. To be eligible for benefits, the student must experience one or more days in quarantine or temporary virtual instruction and students will only receive benefits for days when they had these COVID-19 related absences from school. Eligibility and benefit amount will be rechecked each month.

  • Quarantine (attendance code: 1D) refers to when the school tells the student to stay home because of COVID-19 related symptoms, illness, or exposure or parent/guardian informs the school about a student's COVID-19 related symptoms, illness, or exposure and the school approves the absence. 
  • Temporary virtual instruction (attendance code: 1R for present off-site) refers to when the student is enrolled in a physical school but is in virtual or remote learning for a temporary period because of COVID-19. Students can be in temporary virtual instruction if they are enrolled in a physical school.   

Your child’s school will determine if their absence is related to COVID-19 and will record that in their attendance record. Contact your child’s school if you have questions about your child’s attendance record.

Reminder: Students must attend a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and be approved for the free or reduced-price meal program to be considered for P-EBT. If your child attends a school that participates in the NSLP and you want to apply for free or reduced-price meals for this school year, please contact your child’s school. Check if your child’s school is participating for the 2021-22 school year.