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P-EBT: Pandemic EBT Cards

What is P-EBT?

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is a disaster response program intended to support children who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic related school closures. Eligible students receive a debit-like EBT card that may be used to buy additional groceries. More information on P-EBT can be found at https://capandemic-ebt.org/ or by calling the P-EBT help line Monday-Friday from 6AM – 8PM at 877-328-9677.


Is My Household Eligible for P-EBT?

P-EBT cards for school children (TK-12) will begin mailing in early September.  School aged children are eligible for P-EBT 2.0 if they were:

  • Enrolled at a school for school year 2020-21 that participated in the federal School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program (this is all schools within San Diego Unified); and
  • Eligible to get free or reduced-price meals for school year 2020-21 (this includes students who attend a school that provides all students with meals for free under the Community Eligibility Provision or Provision II, as well as students who qualify to receive free or reduced/price meals based on income); and
  • Assumed to have attended school via all distance learning or a hybrid of all distance learning and in-person learning at least some days of the week during school year 2020-21.
All P-EBT cards will be mailed automatically to eligible households in alphabetical order based on the first name of the eligible child. There is no P-EBT 2.0 application.


Are P-EBT cards still being distributed to families? 

It is anticipated that a third round of P-EBT cards will be distributed to qualified students via mail in the Fall. We are encouraging families to update their address and income changes with each student’s school site. If your student(s) attends a school site that is not a Community Eligibility or Provision 2 school and you need to update your family income information please do so via an LCFF Alternate Income Form from your student’s school or through the Powerschool Parent Portal. This information will help to ensure that if you qualify for the Pandemic EBT card, it will arrive at your mailing address. 

If you did not receive a P-EBT card in the previous rounds and you believe your family qualifies for Free & Reduced meals you can contact the P-EBT help line at 877-328-9677. If you are experiencing housing instability and currently do not have an address, please reach out to the Office of Children and Youth in Transition at 619-725-7326 or [email protected]