Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program

Summer P-EBT Quick Facts

  • Summer P-EBT benefit issuance began July 20, 2022. Both students and young children will receive a one-time payment of $391 to cover the entire summer.
  • There are two groups of children that receive Summer P-EBT:
  • Your child can still become eligible for P-EBT by applying for FNS benefits (for children 5 and under) or by applying for free or reduced-price meals (for students) by Aug. 31, 2022. Contact your child’s school to apply for NSLP FRP.
  • If you believe your child is eligible for P-EBT but has not yet received Summer P-EBT benefits, please know that there are some P-EBT benefit cards are still being mailed through August. To check your EBT account for a P-EBT deposit, visit

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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 left of your screen) for information on P-EBT eligibility, benefits, and timing.

July 26, 2022

July 25, 2022

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About P-EBT

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is a food assistance program that helps families with children who are unable to access free or reduced-price meals at school or child care centers when they are not physically present because of COVID-19. Benefits are provided on a debit-like P-EBT card or Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) EBT card and can be used to buy food at stores that accept EBT.

P-EBT is issued through a collaboration between the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and is approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Food and Nutrition Services   Wellness Resources 

Update May 12, 2021: North Carolina has received federal approval to continue Child Care P-EBT (previously called P-EBT for “Children Under 6”) for this school year. Children 5 years old and younger (as of Sept. 1, 2021) who are included in an active FNS case can expect to receive the Child Care P-EBT benefits on their existing FNS EBT card. Young children who are part of the Student P-EBT population cannot receive Child Care P-EBT benefits.

P-EBT Scam Advisory

Do not provide any personal information if you receive links, messages, calls, or emails asking for your information. Remember - NEVER share Social Security numbers, bank information, EBT and/or P-EBT card numbers, or personal identification numbers with people you don’t know. Personal information should only be provided when you directly contact a state agency. If you receive any unsolicited communications asking you to provide personal information, do not respond and immediately delete the message.

Benefits Information for Previous Years

2020-21 School Year Benefits for Students and Children Under Age 6

For information on the 2020-2021 P-EBT program that is now over, please review the “P-EBT School Year 2020-21 Information” webpage.

Summer 2021 P-EBT

All summer benefits for SY 20-21 have been issued to eligible households. More information is available on the “Summer 2021 P-EBT Information” webpage.

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