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.
P-EBT is intended to cover breakfast, lunch, and a snack for eligible children who would have received these meals at their school, for five days a week. The benefit for the 2020-2021 school year is valued at $6.82 per day for a full virtual month of enrollment or for a full hybrid month of enrollment.
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.
Who will get P-EBT?
There is no need to apply. An eligible family will receive a confirmation letter and one P-EBT card for each eligible child.
There’s no need to apply. All eligible children will receive a P-EBT card. This includes SNAP recipients who previously received their P-EBT benefits on their EBT card. No P-EBT benefits will be issued on EBT cards.
Foster youth who do not receive SNAP benefits will be mailed a P-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.
- the child lives in Baltimore City or a county in Maryland in which at least one school is closed or operating at reduced capacity due to COVID-19, or the child’s daycare facility is closed or is operating at reduced hours due to COVID-19.
How will families get P-EBT?
- Students who are receiving SNAP benefits and are eligible for the P-EBT benefits will receive P-EBT cards. SNAP recipients who might have previously received their P-EBT benefits on their EBT card, will be mailed a P-EBT card. No P-EBT benefits will be issued on EBT cards.
- SNAP children under 6 will be mailed a P-EBT card. P-EBT cards will be mailed by the end of June.
- If your household does not receive SNAP benefits and your student is newly eligible for free and reduced meal programs or attends a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school you will be mailed a P-EBT card. P-EBT cards will be mailed by the end of June 2021.
- Students who already received a P-EBT card will receive their P-EBT benefits on the same card.
When Will Families Get Their Benefits?
and December 2020
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*Benefits are issued at the end of the month
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
the Maryland Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Hotline at