Pandemic Food Benefits for K-12 Students

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Due to COVID-19 school closures, families may be eligible to get help with food benefits called Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program, or P-EBT. It is a one time benefit based on the number of missed school days from March through June 2020.

Who is P-EBT for?

Any family with a child in grades K-12 who is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, including children who go to a school where meals are free for all students. The student does not need to receive Basic Food benefits in order to be eligible.

P-EBT is for all students regardless of citizenship or immigration status. P-EBT is not subject to public charge and will not affect your immigration status.

DSHS will confirm your child’s free or reduced-price meals status with the school. No interview is required. Applications will be processed within 30 working days.

The deadline for applying has been extended to 5 p.m. September 11th, 2020.

To apply online:

Call 877-501-2233

Flow chart depicting that students in K-12 who are receiving reduced or free lunches are eligible for Pandemic Electronic Food Benefits.

View or download an ADA accessible PDF of this infographic created by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in English and Spanish.

Learn More

What is Pandemic EBT? English | Spanish
Washington Connection: Your Link to Services


Pandemic EBT for K-12 Students (PDF)

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