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.
Complete the entire application to see if your child is eligible. Answering all questions will help us process your application more quickly.
Applications will be processed in the order they are received. The P-EBT amount for each eligible child is $256.50.
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.
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.
**This information is compiled from the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Family and Children Services.