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What are Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Food Benefits?

Due to COVID0-19, children who receive or are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school can receive a one-time payment of $365 per eligible child to help families in California buy food when school is closed.

P-EBT benefits will arrive in the form of a card — use it like a debit card for food and groceries. 

Image of P-EBT Flyer - English Image of P-EBT Flyer - Spanish

do I need to apply?

Most families with children already receiving CalFresh, CalWORKS, Medi-Cal or other social services benefits should receive payment cards in the mail by Friday, May 22. Others will need to apply at between May 22 and June 30 to determine eligibility and receive benefits. Please see links below for Spanish and Chinese applications.

If you do not receive this card, and you believe you qualify for P-EBT, please apply beginning online between Friday, May 22 and Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at

If your family was not already receiving free or reduced-price meals at school during the 2019-2020 school year and your financial circumstances have changed, you may be eligible for P-EBT. Apply beginning online between Friday, May 22 and Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at

where can i get help?

Information and Application for P-EBT Eligible Families: 

Legal Aid Has Offered Assistance: If you have not received a P-EBT card and need assistance, text “Please help me with P-EBT" to (415) 952-7307, and wait for a call back  Your call will go to Francisca Guzman, Local Senior Project Coordinator at The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County.