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.
P-EBT Issuance Overview
The P-EBT benefit amount for each eligible student is dependent on the learning model the student was in for each month of the school year 2020-2021. The learning model is determined by the Local School System for each school in Maryland. Benefit amounts can differ from child to child.
P-EBT benefit amount is calculated for each month and is based on the majority of students’ experience in the school for the majority of each month. Students attending schools whose learning model is in-person, in which students are attending in-person for the majority of the month, are not eligible for P-EBT benefits for that month.
Maryland schools have opened safely and effectively. All local school systems were directed to open for in-person instruction by March 1, 2021. Information on the reopening of Maryland schools can be found at Marylandpublicschools.org website.
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