Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)
Step 1a: Students receiving SNAP benefits
If your child(ren) was receiving SNAP benefits on March 16, 2020, P-EBT have already been added to your SNAP benefits balance. You do NOT need to apply. Check your balance for these benefits.
Step 1b: Students NOT receiving SNAP benefits
If your child(ren) is not currently receiving SNAP benefits but was receiving free or reduced school meals on March 16, 2020, you will need to complete an application in order for them to receive P-EBT benefits.APPLY NOW
Step 2: Apply for P-EBT
- The application includes 7 questions and should take 5-10 minutes to complete.
- Information you should have ready when applying includes:
- Legal name of your child(ren) as registered with the school district
- Date of birth of your child(ren)
- Name of school and district attended by your child(ren) on March 16, 2020
- Address on file with the school for your child(ren)
- You will be asked if your child(ren) received free or reduced-price school meals on or before March 16, 2020 in order to be eligible for P-EBT
- Mailing address if different from address on file with the school
- Legal name of parent/guardian for your child(ren) as registered with the school district
- Contact information for parent/guardian
Step 3: Wait for Approval
Once you have submitted your application online, a confirmation page will display with your confirmation number. You will need to print the confirmation page or write down your confirmation number. This number will be required if you contact DWS with any questions regarding your application. Your application for P-EBT will be processed and you will receive a notice of decision by September 30, 2020.
Step 4: Using your P-EBT Card
Once you have been approved you will receive a P-EBT card in the mail and activate it, you may use it to shop for food.
It is important that you follow the steps below when using your card:
- Activate your card before shopping by selecting your PIN. You will receive instructions on how to set your PIN with your card.
- Before you shop, always check your balance.
- Choose EBT on the Point-of-Sale machine and swipe your card.
- Enter your PIN on the keypad. The machine will show ****.
- Press the OK or ENTER key.
- The cashier will enter the purchase amount which will then be displayed on the Point-of-Sale machine.
- If correct, press the YES key.
- The cashier will hand you your receipt. Please make sure the information on the receipt is correct.
- Keep this receipt so you will know your new balance the next time you shop.
P-EBT cards can be used like a debit card at most stores that sell food. You can see a list of approved stores in your area by entering your zip code into the retailer locator.
Below is a list of items you can and cannot purchase.
You CAN buy unprepared foods such as:
- Breads and cereals
- Fruits and vegetables
- Meats, fish and poultry
- Dairy products
- Plants and seeds to grow food
You CANNOT buy items such as:
- Prepared foods i.e. hot foods and food that can be eaten in the store
- Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
- Non-food items i.e. pet food, soap, paper products, cleaning supplies
- Vitamins and medicines
- Personal hygiene items i.e. shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, cosmetics
Frequently Asked Questions (Spanish)
How much will my eligible child receive from P-EBT?
Each eligible child may receive up to $308 in P-EBT benefits to cover the cost of what would have been school meals from March 16 through May 29, 2020.
How do I know if my child is eligible for P-EBT benefits?
Any child that was eligible for free or reduced price meals (breakfast and/or lunch) or attending a school that is designated as having a majority of children eligible for these meals on March 16, 2020 may receive a P-EBT payment. If you are unsure if your child was receiving these meals, you may reach out to your child’s school or school district.
Is an application required for this program?
If your child was receiving SNAP benefits on March 16, 2020, you do NOT need to apply. All other children will not receive a benefit until an application has been completed. The short online application will be available soon.
How will my child receive these benefits?
P-EBT benefits will be issued on an EBT card, similar to a debit card. This card will be sent in the mail with instructions for how to activate and use the EBT card.
My child is already receiving SNAP. How will my child receive these new P-EBT benefits?
If your child was receiving SNAP benefits on March 16, 2020, their P-EBT benefits will be added to the same EBT card the household is using to make SNAP purchases. Check your balance for these benefits.
When will these benefits be available? Are they retroactive?
It is anticipated that P-EBT benefits will be available to SNAP households during the first week in August 2020. It is anticipated that P-EBT benefits will be available to non-SNAP households prior to September 30, 2020. The P-EBT benefits are intended to cover the cost of school meals missed due to school closures from March 16 through May 29, 2020.
Where can I use the P-EBT card?
You may use their P-EBT card at any retail food store that accepts SNAP EBT cards. Utah has over 1,400 approved retailers that can accept and process SNAP purchases with an EBT card. These retailers range from supermarkets to convenience stores and farmers markets. You can see a list of approved stores in your area by entering your zip code into the retailer locator.
Can my child still use their school’s summer meal program while receiving P-EBT?
Yes, participating in the P-EBT program does not impact your child(ren)’s summer meal program or any future free or reduced-price meal eligibility.
Will P-EBT be counted as a public charge?
The use of these benefits does not impact your or your child(ren)’s immigration status The public charge test will not consider P-EBT benefits.
How long are these benefits valid
You must use these benefits within 365 days.
Are children under age 5 or older than 18 eligible for the program?
Some students under the age of 5 and over the age of 18 may be eligible, but would be required to apply (even if receiving SNAP benefits). The following are common examples:
- Prekindergarten students attending schools that provide free or reduced price school meals may be eligible for P-EBT.
- Students attending schools that provide Transition Services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and provide free or reduced price school meals would be eligible for P-EBT.