Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program About the P-EBT Program (as of November 2021) 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 in childcare centers when they are not physically present because of COVID-19. Benefits are provided on a debit-like 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). Update Nov. 8, 2021: North Carolina has submitted their P-EBT plan for the 2021-22 school year to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA must review and approve North Carolina’s P-EBT plan before DHHS can issue any benefits for the new school year. This website will be updated with more information as it becomes available. Student P-EBT 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 have not submitted your application for free or reduced-price meals yet for this school year, please do so through your child’s school. Check if your child’s school is participating in the NSLP for the 2021-22 school year. P-EBT General Information The information below gives a brief overview of what the program is, who is eligible, and how families will receive benefits. NC aims to provide P-EBT benefits to as many children as possible under USDA’s guidance and we wish we could help every family. 2021-22 School Year Benefits for Students and Children Under Age 6 P-EBT benefits for the 2021-22 school year cannot be issued until North Carolina receives approval from USDA. Once approved, NC aims to issue benefits to eligible households as quickly as possible. More information about this school year’s P-EBT program will be shared as it becomes available. Summer 2021 P-EBT P-EBT benefits were issued for Summer 2021 as an extension of the 2020-21 school year based on summer-specific eligibility rules. Eligible students and children under age 6 received a one-time payment of $375 for the summer. All summer benefits have been issued to eligible households. More information is available on the “Summer 2021 P-EBT Information” webpage. 2020-21 School Year Benefits for Students and Children Under Age 6 P-EBT for 2020-21 school year was available to eligible students and children under age 6 whose access to meals was impacted by COVID-19. For information on the last school year’s eligibility requirements, please review the “P-EBT School Year 2020-21 Information” webpage. Frequently Asked Questions (Not yet updated for the 2021-22 school year) What is P-EBT? (Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer) Do households/families need to apply for P-EBT? Do I have to pay these benefits back? How long do I have to use the benefits? If my child does not qualify to receive P-EBT benefits, what other food assistance resources are available to me? Will P-EBT be available for the 2021-22 school year? View all FAQs P-EBT Scam Advisory Do not provide any personal information if you receive phone calls, emails, or text messages asking for your information. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) or P-EBT recipients should NEVER share social security numbers, bank information, EBT card numbers or personal identification numbers with people you don’t know. Only provide personal information when you contact a state agency or worker directly. If you receive an unsolicited text message or phone call asking you to provide personal information, do not respond and delete the message.