Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program Versión en Español About P-EBT FAQs Latest Updates 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. 2021-22 Benefit Information Child Care P-EBT Student P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions Previous Years P-EBT 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. 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. Child Care P-EBT FAQs Who is eligible for Child Care P-EBT? Why did my child receive P-EBT last year but not this year? How are benefits calculated? When will benefits be issued? If my child does not qualify to receive P-EBT benefits, what other food assistance resources are available to me? View all FAQs 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 = TBD December = TBD January and February 2022 July January = TBD February = TBD March, April and May 2022 August March = TBD April = TBD May = TBD 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. Student P-EBT FAQs Who is eligible for Student P-EBT? What is a COVID-19 related absence? How are benefits calculated? Why did my student receive P-EBT last year but not this year? When will benefits be issued? If my child does not qualify to receive P-EBT benefits, what other food assistance resources are available to me? View all FAQs 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. North Carolina is awaiting guidance from USDA regarding the possibility of P-EBT for Summer 2021-22. This webpage will be updated as information becomes available.