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P-EBT 2.0 for Private Schools

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The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the California Department of Education (CDE), in a joint effort, are administering the federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) round 2.0. The purpose of P-EBT is to provide eligible school children funds loaded on EBT cards to purchase food. The following are required for students to be eligible for P-EBT:

  • Enrolled in a school that has been closed or operating with reduced attendance hours for at least five consecutive days in the current school year

  • Enrolled in a school that participates in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs

  • Is eligible for free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals based on meal application, alternative income information form, direct certification, or status as homeless, migrant, foster, or runaway

To determine which students attending private schools are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits, the CDE has implemented the Private School P-EBT data collection application. On March 1, 2021, the CDE will ask your agency to provide information about F/RP meal eligible children at your school sites. Data collection will continue every two months through July 2021.

Data Collection

Private school administrators will be emailed the application which is an Excel template. Use of the Excel template is mandatory to provide benefits to your eligible students. The deadline to submit this information to the CDE will be March 10, 2021. The data elements that will be collected include the following:

  • County-district-school code
  • Student first and last name
  • Student date of birth
  • Current mailing address
  • Date student was first determined F/RP meal eligible
  • Date student enrolled
  • Date student no longer enrolled (if applicable)

A current mailing address is critical so that P-EBT cards reach eligible children effectively.

In addition to individual student F/RP meal eligibility information, the agency will need to indicate the mode of instruction (in-person only, virtual only, or hybrid) for a majority of students at each school site as well as the first day of instruction for the current school year. This information is required by the federal law that authorizes P-EBT 2.0 and will be used to determine eligibility levels.

Lastly, the agency must certify the data is correct and that school(s) were closed or operating with reduced attendance for at least 5 operating days in the current school year.

Contact Information

For more information about P-EBT, you may visit the CDSS P-EBT web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Families that require assistance with their P-EBT card can call the P-EBT Customer Service Center at 877-328-9677.

Questions about this communication or the data required can be sent to

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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