P-EBT open enrollment is closed. If you have applied, you can expect a decision within the next 30 days. Please read over the FAQ's if you have any questions. You may contact us at pebt@utah.gov or (833) 940-2990 if you need any further information.
To be considered for P-EBT you are required to have all verifications turned in by Noon (MDT) on 9/28/2020.

P-EBT FAQs

What is P-EBT?
The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides a temporary food assistance program called Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). School-age children that were receiving free or reduced-price meals at school are eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formally known as Food Stamps.

Students receiving SNAP benefits If your child(ren) was receiving SNAP benefits on March 16, 2020, you do not need to take any further steps. P-EBT benefits will automatically be added to your SNAP benefits balance in August.

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.
How much will my eligible child receive from P-EBT?
Each eligible child will receive $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 receiving 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.
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 month of 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.
What can I buy with my EBT card?
You can buy unprepared foods such as:
  • Breads and cereals
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meats, fish, and poultry
  • Dairy products
  • Plants and seeds to grow foods.
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
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 you or your child(ren)’s immigration status.
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 on 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.