Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Program Versión en Español Latest Updates Frequently Asked Questions Students who get free or reduced-price (FRP) meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) at school or young children who are part of an active case through Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), also known as Food Stamps, are eligible for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT). Current Benefits: Summer 2022 P-EBT North Carolina began issuing Summer P-EBT benefits on July 20, 2022. Eligible students and young children will each receive a one-time payment of $391 to cover the entire summer. Find out when you’ll get yours. School Year 2022-23: North Carolina is still waiting to hear if P-EBT is being extended for the 2022-23 school year. We’ll update this page with new information as we get it. How can we help you with P-EBT? I already have an FNS EBT or P-EBT card. Where are my benefits? North Carolina began sending out Summer P-EBT payments on July 20, 2022. You should see a deposit of $391 per eligible child on your FNS EBT or P-EBT card. Many eligible families may already have received benefits – or it should be on its way. Here’s how to check your balance. Note: Not all benefits are going out at the same time. If you applied between June 1 - Aug. 31, 2022, and you are approved, you’ll get your benefit between late September and early October. I am waiting on my card. When will it arrive? Students will get a new P-EBT card if they did not get P-EBT during last school year but qualify for the summer benefit. If you are expecting to get a new card, it may not arrive until early October. Find out if you’re getting a new P-EBT card. Where will my card be sent? If your child is a student without FNS, the card will be sent to the address on file at the child’s school. If you are receiving the benefit for a young child or a student with FNS, it will be sent to the address on the FNS case file. What do I do if I lost my card? If your EBT or P-EBT card has been lost or destroyed, you can order a new card at www.ebtEdge.com, on the ebtEDGE mobile app, or by contacting the EBT Call Center at 1-888-622-7328. You’ll need to have your card number handy. If you don’t know your card number, just give us a call. Is my child eligible for Summer P-EBT? There are two groups of children that receive Summer P-EBT: Children age 5 and under as of Sept. 1, 2021 are eligible for Summer P-EBT if they receive Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits. Students are eligible if they are approved for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-price meals (FRP). Find out if your school participates in the NSLP. Check if your household is eligible for benefits Note: If you think your student or young child meets the above criteria but you do not believe they are receiving Summer P-EBT, you can contact the EBT Call Center at 1-866-719-0141. Will P-EBT continue in September? North Carolina is still waiting to hear if P-EBT is being extended for the 2022-23 school year. We’ll update this page with new information as we get it. I have a different question about P-EBT. Check out these Frequently Asked Questions. Watch Out: P-EBT Scam Advisory There are scams targeting EBT recipients. Here are some reminders to keep you and your family safe: NEVER provide personal information if someone you don’t know reaches out to you by phone, text, or email. NEVER share Social Security numbers, bank information, EBT and/or P-EBT card numbers, or other personal information with people you don’t know. ONLY provide personal information when YOU reach out directly to a state agency. If you receive any unsolicited communications asking you to provide personal information, do not respond and immediately delete the message. Latest Updates Aug. 10, 2022 Please note that our call center is experiencing extremely high call volumes. For self-service options, please refer to our FAQs or the P-EBT Virtual Agent (chat circle on the bottom right of your screen) for information on P-EBT eligibility, benefits, and timing. July 26, 2022 Some families with eligible students may receive their new P-EBT cards with their Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits 1-2 weeks later than originally anticipated. All students who were eligible for Summer P-EBT by the first issuance on July 20, 2022, can expect to receive their cards no later than mid-August. Many eligible families should already have received benefits on their existing FNS EBT or P-EBT card. We apologize for the delay. As a reminder, students who apply for National School Lunch Program free or reduced-price meals and young children who apply for Food and Nutrition Services by Aug. 31, 2022 and get approved will be eligible to receive Summer P-EBT in late September or early October. NEW: To check to see if your child is eligible for Summer P-EBT, use the new Summer P-EBT Eligibility Quiz (also available in Spanish). FAQ: I did not receive benefits and believe my child was eligible, what do I do? July 25, 2022 NCDHHS has begun issuing Pandemic-EBT benefits for summer 2022. Between July 20 and 30, the families of approximately 948,000 children in the state will each receive a one-time payment of $391 to purchase healthy meals during summer break. Families can check their eligibility for Summer P-EBT using the new P-EBT eligibility quiz (also available in Spanish). With these benefits, NCDHHS has now issued more than $2.16 billion in total P-EBT benefits to North Carolina families since the COVID-19 response began in 2020, helping families buy food for the 1.48 million North Carolina children. Read more updates Past Program Benefits 2021-22 School Year 2021 Summer 2020-2021 School Year All Updates June 2022 June 23, 2022 North Carolina will issue Summer P-EBT benefits for eligible students and young children. Read the news release. Is My Student/Child Eligible? Summer P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions There is no application for P-EBT, however, to be eligible: Students must be approved for National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-price meals (FRP). If your student is not already approved, an application for NSLP FRP must be submitted to your local school district by Aug. 31, 2022 to be considered for Summer P-EBT benefits. Children 5 years old or younger that aren’t students must be part of a household that participates in Food and Nutrition Services (FNS). If not already participating, you must apply for FNS by Aug. 31, 2022 to be considered for Summer P-EBT benefits. May 2022 May 24, 2022 North Carolina intends to issue Summer P-EBT benefits for eligible students and children at the end of July if federal approval is received. More information will be posted to this page as it becomes available. May 12, 2022 Next week, North Carolina’s youngest children who are eligible for food assistance benefits will begin to receive extra monthly benefits tied to the COVID-19 pandemic for the 2021-2022 school year. North Carolina is among the first states in the nation to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a 2021-2022 Child Care Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer food assistance program. See if your child is eligible.