Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program
The Maryland Department of Human Services in conjunction with the Maryland State Department of Education has secured approval from the USDA on its joint submission to operate a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program.
Approximately 467,000 children in Maryland will benefit from the P-EBT program for a combined value of over $173 million in estimated benefits.
What is P-EBT?
These benefits, called Pandemic-EBT, or P-EBT, are intended to help families in Maryland purchase food while schools are closed due to COVID-19.
How will Families get P-EBT?
There’s no need to apply – Eligible families will receive a confirmation letter, and they’ll receive one P-EBT card for each eligible child. P-EBT cards will be mailed to families by the end of June.
There’s no need to apply – If you currently receive SNAP benefits, additional P-EBT benefits for each eligible child will be added to your existing EBT card.
For those foster youth who receive SNAP benefits, their P-EBT benefits will be added to their existing EBT card.
Foster youth who do not receive SNAP benefits will receive a confirmation letter and a P-EBT card will be issued in their name and mailed before the end of June.
Click here for a list of Maryland School Homeless Coordinators.
When will Families get their Benefits?
P-EBT benefits are calculated based on when schools closed to students – March 16, 2020 – and the cost of school meals.
If you are currently receiving SNAP benefits and qualify for the P-EBT program, your P-EBT benefits will be added to your EBT card before the end of June.
If your household does not receive SNAP benefits and your children are eligible for the P-EBT program, a P-EBT card in the name of each eligible child will be mailed before the end of June. Families should expect to receive the P-EBT card within 7-10 business days of the card being mailed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
the Maryland Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Hotline at