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Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

 
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes a benefit called Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) for children who received free or reduced-price school meals in the 2019-2020 school year, but their school is or was closed.
 
Who needs to apply for P-EBT?
If your family is currently receiving SNAP benefits, YOU DO NOT NEED TO APPLY.
Everyone else must apply to get P-EBT benefits.
The P-EBT amount for each eligible child is $256.50

P-EBT 

The Georgia Division of  Family & Children Services (DFCS) in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) has been approved to operate the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide extra help to families of more than 1.1M children who normally would receive free or reduced school lunch. Families will receive a one-time allotment of $256.50. in total P-EBT benefits per child based on the number of school closure days. 
 

No. of Children Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch

Allotment Amount

1 child

$256.50

2 children

$513.00

3 children

$769.50

4 children

$1,026.00

5 children

$1,282.50

6 children

$1,539.00

7 children

$1,795.50

8 children

$2,052.00

 
DFCS is working to operationalize the P-EBT program, so please continue to visit this page for more information and updates. Families who are currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits.  Eligible SNAP recipients will receive a P-EBT benefit preloaded on their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.  The program is also available to families not currently receiving SNAP but approved for the free or reduced school lunch program.  These families will need to submit a formal application to receive P-EBT benefits. Once the application is approved, an EBT card will be mailed to the family within three (3) to four (4) weeks. The family will receive information with their P-EBT card in the mail explaining how to activate and use their P-EBT card. 
 
According to DFCS, the application is available now. For more information, click here.
 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the P-EBT program:

1. What is P-EBT?
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a new program authorized by the
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provides assistance to
families with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school
meals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The P-EBT program is a collaboration between
the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) and the Georgia
Department of Education (*DOE) and is intended to help families provide meals for their
children.
 
2. Who is eligible for P-EBT?
All children attending a Georgia public school (including Georgia public charter schools) 
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who would receive free or reduced-price meals, if not for their school closure due to
COVID-19, are eligible to receive P-EBT. Due to school closures caused by the
pandemic, these households are now eligible to receive benefits on an EBT card to help
them buy food for their children. The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services
(DFCS) is utilizing data from Georgia *DOE to determine a child’s eligibility for P-EBT
and enrollment in the school lunch program.
 
2.1 My child is entitled to free lunch because everyone in their school gets free
under the Community Eligible Provision (CEP) program. I do not get SNAP and
did not apply for the free or reduced-price lunch program. Is my child still eligible?
Yes.
 
3. Does legal status of the child affect eligibility for P-EBT? Will school aged
children who are undocumented non-citizens enrolled in a free/reduced school
lunch program receive the P-EBT benefits?
All children who would receive free or reduced-price meals, if not for their school closure
due to COVID-19, are eligible to receive P-EBT. The Georgia Division of Family &
Children Services (DFCS) is utilizing data as of May 2020 from Georgia *DOE to
determine a child’s eligibility for P-EBT and enrollment in the school lunch program.
 
3.1 Will getting P-EBT impact my family’s ‘public charge’ status? No. Using
P-EBT benefits does not impact your or your child's immigration status. The
Public Charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits.
 
4. How to apply for P-EBT.
The P-EBT program will be available to children that attended a Georgia public school
(including Georgia public charter schools) and were eligible to receive free or reduced
priced lunch as of March 2020. The program will use data from Georgia DOE to
determine a child’s eligibility for P-EBT and enrollment in the school lunch program.
Currently receiving SNAP:
Families who are currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) do not need to apply for P-EBT. Eligible SNAP
recipients will receive a P-EBT benefit on their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer
(EBT) card when possible.
 
4.1. I am a current SNAP recipient and I have multiple children eligible for P-EBT
but did not receive an allotment for all of them. What should I do?
DFCS Customer Contact Center (CCC) staff will be able to confirm that P-EBT
benefits have been issued for children living in the SNAP household.
Not currently receiving SNAP:
The P-EBT program will also be available to families who are not currently
receiving SNAP but were receiving free or reduced school lunch. These families
will need to submit a formal application to receive P-EBT. The application is short
and should take only a few minutes to complete. If approved, an EBT card will be
mailed to the family within three (3) to four (4) weeks. The family will receive
information with their P-EBT card in the mail explaining how to activate and 
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use their P-EBT card.
 
5. How and when will I get my P-EBT benefits?
There are two categories of people who will receive benefits:
 
Families currently receiving SNAP benefits will receive a P-EBT benefit on their
existing EBT card when possible.
 
Families not currently receiving SNAP benefits will have to apply and be
approved to receive P-EBT benefits. Families will be mailed a P-EBT card with
preloaded benefits within three (3) to four (4) weeks. The family will receive
information with their P-EBT card in the mail explaining how to activate and use
their P-EBT card.
 
6. How will you know where to send my P-EBT benefits?
Families not currently receiving SNAP benefits may apply and be approved to receive
P-EBT benefits. Families will be mailed a P-EBT card with preloaded benefits within
three (3) to four (4) weeks. The family will receive information with their P-EBT card in
the mail explaining how to activate and use their P-EBT card.
For those families not currently receiving SNAP benefits, a P-EBT card will be sent to
the address listed on the application.
 
7. How much will I get in P-EBT benefits?
Families will receive approximately $256.50 in total P-EBT benefits per child based on
the number of school closure days between March 2020 through May 2020. Georgia
DFCS was approved to issue $5.70 per day for the 45 days the child missed school in
Georgia. All children will receive the same amount. 
 
**This information is compiled from the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Family and Children Services.