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
Tennessee is approved to send P-EBT benefits to eligible families for this school year. The state will issue approximately $80 million worth of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to Tennessee children to cover the cost of school meals lost due to COVID absences this school year.
Who is Eligible:
- Students enrolled in free or reduced-price school meals, or children attending a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school.
- Students absent from school for 6 consecutive days or more because of COVID-19.
- P-EBT will load onto existing P-EBT cards starting in May for children who are eligible.
- Benefits = $7.10/day
- New cards will be mailed to students who are newly eligible for P-EBT this school year.
What Parents Need to Do:
- Questions? Visit the Parent Portal, or call the P-EBT Hotline: 833-496-0661.
- Lost your P-EBT card? Visit www.connectebt.com, or call 1 (888) 997-9444.
- If your child is not enrolled in free or reduced-price meals, and they are eligible, please contact your school to enroll them immediately.
You May be Eligible for P-EBT from last School Year
208,000 children are eligible for more P-EBT. Many children were denied P-EBT for the early months of last school year because of submitting school meal applications late in the school year. Beginning March 4, 2022, retroactive P-EBT benefits will be added onto cards for eligible children who missed benefits during the 2020-2021 school year. This will directly impact students who filled out a free or reduced-price meal application later in the year. If you applied to receive free or reduced-price school meals late in the school year, you are now eligible for P-EBT back to the beginning of August 2020.
PAST ROUNDS OF P-EBT: SUMMER 2021
Summer P-EBT was a $375 payment available to children enrolled in the Free or Reduced-Price Meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Benefits were loaded directly onto Round 3 P-EBT cards, or SNAP EBT cards for children under 6. Summer P-EBT will be available again for Summer 2022. If your child was eligible for Summer P-EBT, but did not receive the $375 payment, please appeal at this link.
Resource: Summer P-EBT Informational Flyer
EARLY CHILDCARE P-EBT
Benefits are being loaded directly onto SNAP EBT cards over a four-month period.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Children under 6 who are in a SNAP household are eligible for P-EBT
- Children do not need to attend a childcare facility to be eligible.
- Benefits will be loaded directly onto SNAP EBT cards over a four-month period.
- Children under 6 will also receive a $375 Summer P-EBT benefit loaded onto their EBT card.
*New resource: P-EBT for Children 5 Years and Under Informational Flyer
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P-EBT ROUND THREE
October 2020 – May/June 2021
Round three P-EBT provided money to families for meals missed from October 2020 through the 2021 school year. Eligible students must have been absent from school due to COVID-19 for at least 5 consecutive school days during this time and had to be enrolled in free or reduced-prices meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Students who attend hybrid schools (part virtual, part in-person) were also eligible for P-EBT. If you believe your child was eligible for Round 3, but did not get benefits, please appeal at this link.
P-EBT ROUND TWO
August and September 2020
Round two P-EBT was mailed directly to eligible families. Eligible students must have been absent from school due to COVID-19 for at least 5 consecutive school days during August and September and had to be enrolled in free or reduced-prices meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Schools submitted information for the number of days students did virtual learning to qualify students for P-EBT.
P-EBT ROUND ONE
March, April, and May 2020
Round one P-EBT benefits covered meals missed due to school closures caused by COVID-19 in March, April, and May of2020. Cards were sent to schools for pick up, and in some cases were mailed directly to students with $250 loaded onto them. Families participating in SNAP received Round 1 P-EBT loaded directly onto their SNAP EBT card.
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.