Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)
Pandemic-EBT gives money to eligible families with a student who has missed a free or reduced-price school meal due to school closures and/or remote learning caused by the pandemic. P-EBT money is issued on a card that families can use at grocery stores to buy food.
P-EBT BENEFITS FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
The state issued approximately $80 million worth of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to Tennessee children to cover the cost of school meals lost due to COVID-19 absences during the past 2021-22 school year.
Who is Eligible:
- Students enrolled in free or reduced-price school meals, or children who attend a school that offers free meals to all or a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school*.
- Students absent from school for 6 consecutive days or more because of COVID-19.
*Visit TDOE’s CEP page for a list of CEP schools.
What Parents Need to Do:
Summer P-EBT 2022
Tennessee has been approved for Summer P-EBT! The Department of Human Services will distribute $313 million in Summer P-EBT benefits to 800,000 Tennessee children who participated in free/reduced price school meals during the 2021-22 school year. $391 worth of benefits will start to load onto existing cards at the end of September for each eligible children.
EARLY CHILDCARE P-EBT
P-EBT benefits for children under 6 living in a SNAP household will be available for summer 2022. Benefits will start to load directly onto SNAP EBT cards at the end of September.
The fastest way to get P-EBT information is to follow us on social media. Click the buttons below to find us on all social media channels! We also send regular, more detailed P-EBT alerts by email. You can sign up for email alerts about P-EBT here.
WHAT P-EBT MEANS TO FAMILIES
As families await P-EBT benefits, hundreds of kids are going without meals. Scroll through our interactive map below to see how other families have been impacted by the months-long delay in benefits.
QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP?
If you want to appeal a P- EBT benefits decision, create and log on to your DHS ServiceNow account here and then select the “Pandemic EBT Appeal” button in the “Apply for Assistance” menu.