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Student Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Card Information

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The California Department of Education (CDE) is requesting that Local Educational Agencies (LEA) share information about the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) program with families to encourage families to use P-EBT benefits.


P-EBT is a federal program that gives eligible families food benefits to replace meals lost at child care or school due to the pandemic. Beginning in School Year (SY) 2019–20, Congress authorized the issuance of funds to families of eligible children under the P-EBT program. P-EBT cards were issued for SY 2019–20, 2020–21, and cards will be issued for SY 2021–22 beginning in September 2022 (pending U.S. Department of Agriculture approval).


The CDE in partnership with the California Department of Social Services has made additional resources available for LEAs to share with families to encourage the use of P-EBT cards.

These resources include flyers, fact sheets, and translated inserts for distribution to families. The resources provide additional information about P-EBT, answers to common questions, and contact information. We encourage you to share the P-EBT resources with your families so they understand benefits provide additional food resources to households and are available for use.

Authorized users (such as a Food Service Director) can access the P-EBT resources for families in the Download Forms section of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment SystemExternal link opens in new window or tab., Form ID numbers SNP 78 through SNP 82, or LEAs can request this information by sending an email to

Contact Information

For LEA inquiries about P-EBT, please email the CDE at

For household inquiries about P-EBT, please refer individuals to the P-EBT web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab. or the P-EBT helpline at 877-328-9677 (Monday–Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, July 7, 2022
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