The information below refers to school year 2020-21 P-EBT benefits in North Carolina. The final issuance for school year 2020-21 P-EBT was for those students who were in school in June 2021 and was issued in late July 2021.
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 P-EBT main webpage.
Summer 2021 eligibility differs. Please refer to the “Summer 2021 P-EBT” section for summer eligibility and benefits.
Families do not need to apply for Student P-EBT. School and student information will be used to determine eligibility.
Eligibility is determined through student and learning circumstances. Students will need to meet specific criteria for both.
A student is eligible for the Student P-EBT program if their public school, private school, or charter school participates in the National School Lunch Program and the student is eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals at school during the 2020-21 school year.
To be eligible for Student P-EBT, a student must meet these two criteria:
- Be enrolled in a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and
- Be eligible for free or reduced-price meals
Student eligibility is determined by any of the following:
- Direct Certification (household receives FNS benefits), or
- Categorical Eligibility (homeless, migrant, foster care, etc.), or
- Participation in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) School (where all students receive meals at no cost through NSLP), or
- Household Applications for Free/Reduced-Price Meals
Find out if your school participates in the National School Lunch Program or is a CEP school.
And, in addition to the above, the student must meet BOTH of the following learning circumstances:
- The student’s school was closed or has been operating with reduced attendance for at least 5 consecutive days during the 2020 to 2021 school year, and
- The student is learning in a “remote learning mode” (all virtual instruction) or in a “hybrid learning mode” (combination of virtual and in-person instruction) during the month.
A student’s eligibility and the P-EBT amount they will receive is now dependent on how many days they were in virtual learning instruction each month.
Eligibility and benefit amount are determined by a student’s learning circumstances:
The student’s learning mode is assessed each month using information reported by the schools.
- Hybrid learning mode (combination of virtual and in-person instruction)
Students in virtual instruction less than 100% of instructional days in a month and at least 1 day of virtual instruction in a month are considered to be in a hybrid learning mode.
- Remote learning mode (all virtual instruction)
Students in virtual instruction 100% of the instructional days in a month are considered to be in a remote learning mode.
North Carolina determined on average there are 17 instructional days per month for an 11-month school year. A student who is in virtual instruction 17 or more days 100% of the student’s instructional days for the month were virtual will be identified as being in a remote learning mode. Please note, an absence does not count toward that 17-day requirement
The student will be considered remote if they received virtual instruction as long as they receive virtual instruction or absent 100% of the day.
For the above definitions, students learning outside their school (remotely) due to COVID-19 are considered to be in virtual instruction even if they do not have online access for virtual instruction.
For the 2020-2021 school year, benefits will be issued for Student P-EBT retroactively on a monthly basis as long the student remains eligible. Benefits will be retroactively provided every month as long as the student remains eligible with the last month of school year benefits for June being issued in July. Students whose school ends in May will not receive school year benefits for the month of June. All students eligible for P-EBT at as of May will receive the summer P-EBT benefit in July.
The P-EBT benefit amount is based on a daily rate of $6.82 which includes the value of an afterschool snack in addition to the breakfast and lunch a student would receive if they were receiving free or reduced meals each day they were learning in person.
The student’s learning mode will determine the amount they will receive each month. (Not applicable to summer P-EBT)
Students in the hybrid learning mode (combination of virtual and in-person instruction) will receive the hybrid amount. The hybrid amount can change month to month and is determined by the average number of days North Carolina schools using a hybrid schedule conducted virtual instruction for that month.
Calculated as $6.82 x the average number of days each month.
For example, if a student is in a hybrid learning mode, and the state average was 9 days for January 2021, the student would receive $61.38 for the month of January.
If there are less than 17 instructional days in a month, the student will be in a hybrid learning mode if they were in virtual instruction less than 100% of the instructional days for that month (7 of the 8 instructional days).
Students in the remote learning mode (all virtual instruction) in the month will receive a benefit of $115.94 for that month. The remote learning mode amount will stay the same month to month.
Calculated as $6.82 x 17 days for a total of $115.94.
If there are less than 17 instructional days in a month, and a student receives virtual instruction 100% of those days, they will be considered being in a remote learning mode and will receive $115.94. If a student receives virtual instruction more than 17 days in one month, they will also receive the remote learning amount of $115.94.
Since the allotment is based on a monthly calculated average, the benefit amounts may change month to month. The table below provides the amount an eligible student would receive depending on if they are identified as being in a remote or hybrid learning mode each month. This table will be updated each month as the average is calculated.
|Month||Remote Learning Benefit Amount||Average number of days NC schools were learning in hybrid learning mode||Hybrid Learning Benefit Amount|
If a student is fully remote (either by parent choice, or school is in Plan C) for a month – the benefit is $115.94 regardless if there are more or less than 17 days in that month. NOTE: If an eligible student receives the hybrid amount for a month, and the student was 100% virtual for all of the instructional days in that month, they need to contact the school to determine what needs to be adjusted in the attendance record. Once the attendance record is adjusted, supplemental funds will be provided in future months for the month(s) that were incorrect.
Summer 2021 eligibility differs, please refer to the “Summer 2021 P-EBT” section for summer eligibility and benefits.
Families do not need to apply for P-EBT for Children Under 6 years old. P-EBT for Children Under 6 provides benefits to children as long as they remain eligible for the months of October 2020 to June 2021.
The eligibility criteria for children under 6 years old is different than for children who are students attending school. Eligibility will be determined through the circumstances of the child and the circumstances of the public schools in the school district(s) within the county where the child lives.
Child circumstances - Both of the following conditions must be met for a child to be eligible for P-EBT for Children under 6:
- The child must be a member of a household that received Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits, and
- The child is under 6 years old and does not already receive P-EBT as a student enrolled in an eligible school
Circumstances of the child’s public school in their county - Benefit amounts will be determined based on the learning mode of public schools in the county where the child lives.
Only the learning mode of public schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) will be included. The county the child lives in is based on the address associated with the child’s FNS case. Those school district(s) must meet the following condition in order to be eligible:
- One or more schools in the school district(s) is either learning in a fully remote (100% virtual instruction) or in a hybrid (combination of virtual and in-person instruction) learning mode for the eligible month.
NCDHHS is using information from eligible public school district(s) near families with young children to understand if these children may have also been impacted by COVID-19 in similar way to students and are also in need of food assistance.
Children born after October 1, 2020 and are part of a household receiving FNS will be able to receive benefits starting with the month of birth or October 1, 2020, whichever comes later. If a household stops receiving FNS, or if the child is no longer in the FNS household, P-EBT benefits for that child will end with the last month of FNS eligibility.
An eligible child will receive one of two distinct benefit amounts based on the learning status of one or more schools in the public school district(s) where the child lives. (Not applicable to Summer P-EBT)
The two distinct benefit amounts will be the same as the fully remote (100% virtual instruction) and hybrid (combination of virtual and in-person instruction) P-EBT benefit amounts for students each month. For more information on the fully remote and hybrid P-EBT benefit amounts for students, please refer to the “P-EBT Amount and When to Expect the Benefit” section on the student P-EBT webpage.
- Remote Amount - If one or more public schools in the county where the child lives is in a fully remote learning mode (100% virtual instruction) for the month, all eligible children under age 6 in that county will receive the remote learning benefit of $115.94 for that month.
- Hybrid amount - If no public schools in the county are fully remote, but one or more schools are in a hybrid learning mode for the month, all eligible children under age 6 in that county will receive the hybrid learning benefit amount. The hybrid amount can change month to month and will be reported in the table on the “P-EBT Amount and When to Expect the Benefit” section of the student P-EBT webpage.
If all public schools in the county where the child lives are operating 100% in person (0 days of virtual instruction in a month) no benefit will be provided for that month.