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 to operate the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program for the School Year (SY) 2021-2022.
|School Year (SY) 2021-2022|
Standard for P-EBT Eligibility for Students
School children are eligible for P-EBT benefits if they are eligible for free or reduced price meals, but are unable to receive those meals due to reasons listed below:
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides funds to help children who are not able to access free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-19 purchase healthy food. School Year (SY) 2021-2022 P-EBT benefits will be issued under two separate state plans, the SY plan and Summer P-EBT plan. SY benefits were issued in the month of July 2022. This page provides Summer P-EBT plan details.
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
All benefits will be issued retroactively. The amount of benefits will vary depending on each eligible child’s individual circumstances. Because the vast majority of schools have returned to in-person learning and the benefits are limited to individuals with COVID19-related absences, a child may receive benefits for some months and receive nothing for others. In general, benefits will be calculated in accordance with the table below.
|Tier||Number of Days Absent||Standard Benefits|
|Tier A||1 to 5 days||3 days = $21.30|
|Tier B||6 to 15 days||10 days= $71.00|
|Tier C||16 and more days||18 days= $127.50|
*First issuance will be completed by the end of July 2022; issuance contingent upon data obtained from child(s) school
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.
- If your child remains eligible for P-EBT benefits during the 2021-2022 school year, the student will receive their P-EBT benefits on the card already issued.
- We will mail you a new P-EBT card if your child is being issued P-EBT benefits for the first time this year
When Will Families Get Their Benefits?
The P-EBT benefits for School Year 2021-2022 will be issued according to the schedule below:
|Benefit Month (s)||(UPDATE) Estimated Benefit Distribution Date|
|September 2021 to February 2022||End of July 2022|
|March 2022 and April 2022||End of August 2022|
|May 2022 and June 2022||End of August 2022|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
the Maryland Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Hotline at