New Pandemic EBT benefits will be issued to eligible students!
Pandemic EBT is money for food because students did not have their usual access to school meals.
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is available for students who qualify for free or reduced meal benefits or attend a Community Eligibility Provision School. Our Community Eligibility Provision Schools are: Beverly Park, Bow Lake, Cascade, Chinook, Evergreen, Glacier, Hazel Valley, Madrona, McMicken Heights, Midway, Mount View, New Start, Pacific, Parkside, Seahurst, Tyee, Valley View, White Center Heights.
To find out if your student is already qualified for free or reduced meals, contact Nutrition Services at 206-631-3228. Families can apply online for free or reduced meal benefits.
How do eligible students receive the P-EBT benefit?
- This benefit is provided on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy food.
- Families do not need to apply for P-EBT. Each eligible student will automatically be mailed a P-EBT card (for example, a family with three eligible students will receive three P-EBT cards). P-EBT is not a public charge and does not affect immigration status.
- The benefits will be mailed to the address as it is shown in ParentVUE. Families can contact their student’s school to update their address.
When can families expect to receive their PEBT card?
- Notification letters are being sent out over the next several weeks from Department of Social and Health Services. Families with several qualified students might have a large gap between receipt of their students’ notification letters from the Department of Social and Health Services.
- It is likely that the P-EBT cards will be mailed in April. Families with several qualified students might have a large gap between receipt of their students’ P-EBT cards from the Department of Social and Health Services.
Can your student receive P-EBT and also receive the free meals the school district offers?
YES! The P-EBT benefits are additional food benefits that do not replace the free grab-n-go meals the school district offers. Learn more about our grab-and-go meal programs.
Keep your P-EBT Card! More benefits may be added to cards later in the school year and over the summer.
What if you don’t want the benefits? If you wish to decline for any reason, you can either destroy the card or mail it back to the return address on the back of the card.
Do you have any questions about P-EBT? If so, call the P-EBT Contact Center 833-518-0282, visit www.dshs.wa.gov/pebt or see DSHS's FAQ flyer.