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Apportionment of P-EBT Local Administrative Grant

This apportionment, in the amount of $2,649,656 is made from federal funds granted to the state for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). The purpose of the P-EBT Local Administrative Cost Grant is to assist local educational agencies (LEA) with administrative costs related to the administration of P-EBT 2.0 for School Year (SY) 2020–2021. This grant is made possible by Section 4601 of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (P.L. 116-159), Sec. 721 of the FY 2021 Omnibus and COVID Relief and Response Act (P.L. 116-260).

Payment Details

LEA funding amounts and other information are available at the CDE P-EBT Local Administrative Cost Grant Funding Profile. Payments are scheduled to be issued at the end of March 2022.

Use of Funds

Allowable costs for P-EBT must have occurred in SY 2020–21 and include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • Reporting to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) student level information to support eligibility and card mailings, such as free and reduced-price eligibility and mailing address updates

  • Reporting of learning models to monthly state issued surveys

  • Reporting of participating site eligibility to state issued survey

  • Collecting application solely for P-EBT purposes

  • Communicating to households about P-EBT

  • Establishing processes to ensure homeless students receive P-EBT cards

LEAs must deposit federal funds into the nonprofit school food service account and have a system in place to track the revenue received to reasonable and allowable expenses for P-EBT administration.

If your LEA uses the California School Accounting Manual resource codes to report and maintain financial data, LEAs may use the following standardized resource and object codes to record P-EBT funds:

  • Resource Code: 5810–Other Restricted Federal

  • Revenue Object Code: 8290–All Other Federal Revenue
Reporting Use of Funds

The USDA approved the CDE to adopt a streamlined method with predetermined funding levels for apportionment to P-EBT eligible agencies. Under the streamlined method LEAs are not required to report use of funds to CDE. LEAs must apply funds to SY 2020–21 P-EBT costs by July 29, 2022. LEAs are advised to retain all supporting documentation regarding deposit and use of funds in accordance with 7 CFR, Part 253.5(h).

Returning Funds to the CDE

If your LEA would like to return funds, please complete the following before July 1, 2022:

  1. Return your warrant by mail to the address below, and include the following information:

    School Year 2020-21 P-EBT Local Administrative Cost Grant
    Project 728, PCA code 15644

  2. Return the warrant by mail to:
    Attn: Cashiers Office
    California Department of Education
    P.O. Box 515006
    Sacramento, CA 95851-5006
Additional Information

Additional information about the P-EBT Local Administrative Cost Grant is available at the CDE Pandemic EBT Local Administrative Grant web page.

For more information about P-EBT, visit the P-EBT web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab.. Schools can also find P-EBT materials for partners, including fact sheets, frequently asked questions, and more.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding P-EBT Local Administrative Cost Grant awards, please contact the Nutrition Services Division by phone at 916-445-0850 or by email at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, April 01, 2022
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