P-EBT for the 2020-21 school year has been approved for Colorado. To receive the benefit, families must either qualify automatically for free or reduced-price school meals through SNAP or other federal programs, OR have filled out a free or reduced-price school meal application through their school district before the end of the school year. If you still need to apply for free or reduced-priced meals with 27JSchools please choose the link below.
What is P-EBT?
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is a federal program created to provide additional funds for families to buy food when schools were closed or on a remote or hybrid learning model due to COVID-19.
- When schools were closed for the 2019-2020 school year, P-EBT benefits supported healthy and wholesome meals for 180,026 children who would typically have received free or reduced-price school meals last spring.
- P-EBT funds may be available on a P-EBT or SNAP EBT card. You can learn more about eligible food purchases by clicking here.
- Using P-EBT does NOT impact you or your child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does NOT apply to P-EBT funds.
- You can use P-EBT funds and also get food from grab and go school meal sites.
Who is eligible for P-EBT?
A school-aged child may be eligible if these conditions are met:
- Attend a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) AND
- Are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school (see below) AND
- Attended a school with a "remote" or "hybrid" learning model for at least one month this school year; OR opted for remote learning by October 1, 2020 and continued learning remotely until at least March 31, 2021.
How do I get P-EBT?
- You will NOT need to apply for P-EBT through a separate application.
- Your student must be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and be enrolled in a National School Lunch Program (NSLP) participating school. Apply for the free or reduced-price school meal program before the end of the school year at your school or your online application site, or by visiting your district's Nutrition website for more information. If you aren’t sure if your child's school participates in the NSLP, you can check this list to find out.
- Benefits will begin to be issued in late May.
- Make sure your address is up-to-date at your child’s school as new P-EBT cards may be mailed to this address. Eligible families already participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can expect to have P-EBT benefits automatically loaded on their current EBT card in late May.
Click the link for more information:
P-EBT benefits will be issued retroactively for this school year in lump sum payments:
School Months Approximate P-EBT issuance September 2020 to December 2020 Late May January 2021 to March 2021 Late June April 2021 to May 2021 Late July
Colorado P-EBT Support Center
Contact the Colorado P-EBT Support Center by phone or email
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