Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) 2021-07-23T12:39:09+00:00

Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT)

School year 2020-21

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is a program administered by the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). You are receiving this P-EBT Card because your child(ren) participated in the free/reduced lunch program in school. The money on this card is meant to pay for additional food costs your household may have due to school closures/hybrid programs.

Find out if your child’s school qualifies and how much they qualify for here:

Preliminary School Listing

Frequently Asked Questions

Your child’s eligibility for P-EBT benefits will be determined for each month of the 2020-21 school year (August 2020-May 2021).

Your child must meet ALL 3 of the following requirements to be eligible for P-EBT benefits for that month of the school year:

  1. Your child was enrolled in a school that had reduced attendance for at least 5 consecutive days during the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Reduced attendance includes: reduced hours, reduced student attendance, a delayed start to the 2020-21 school year, or was closed.

AND

  1. Your child was enrolled in a school where the majority of students (51%+) participated in virtual learning (learning from home) or hybrid learning (partially at home, partially at school) during the month.

AND

  1. Your child was eligible for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program in their school during the 2020-21 school year.

Please note that if your child’s school was in-person full-time for the 2020-2021 school year, your child is not eligible for P-EBT benefits. However, they may be eligible for future P-EBT benefits if MDHS receives federal authorization to issue them.  So, ensure your school district has your current mailing address.

Here is an example of how this would work for a sample school for two months: 

  • School A delayed opening from August 17 to August 24.
  • School A had 51% of students learning virtually in August 2020. All children at School A who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch will receive P-EBT benefits for the month of August, regardless of whether the child attended school in person or virtually that month.
  • School A had 20% of students learning virtually in September 2020. No children in the school will receive P-EBT for September.

MDHS will issue P-EBT benefits through multiple payments over the course of several weeks. Each payment will match one or more specific months in the 2020-2021 school year.

Benefits will be calculated for each month based on the mode of learning used by the majority of students in your child’s school during that month.

  • If your child was enrolled in a school where a majority of the student body was attending based on a fully virtual learning schedule during that month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your child will receive $122.76 for that month.
  • If your child was enrolled in a school where a majority of the student body was attending based on a hybrid learning schedule (some in-person, some virtual) during that month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will receive $61.38 for that month.
  • If your child was enrolled in a school with a majority in-person learning schedule during that month, your child will NOT receive any benefits for that month.

For example:

If an eligible child attended a school where:

  • the majority of students were on a fully-virtual schedule during August 2020 and September 2020 (2 months),
  • the majority of students attended based on a hybrid-schedule during October 2020 (1 month),
  • And the school returned to majority in-person attendance in November 2020 through the end of the school year

the child would receive two payments of $122.76 (one for August and one for September) and one payment of $61.38 (for October) for a total of $306.90.

  • Each school will submit a survey about whether the majority of their students were on a virtual, hybrid, or majority in-person schedule during each month of the 2020-21 school year.
  • MDHS will also receive a list of Free/Reduced Price lunch-eligible students from the Mississippi Department of Education and eligible private schools.
  • Eligible students will be matched to their school, and the benefit amount for each month will be determined using this information.

Your child’s P-EBT card will be sent to the address on file with the school your child attended during the 2020-21 school year. Please call your local school district as soon as possible to verify that your address is correct.

Please visit this link to find your local school district’s contact information.

Each eligible child in your household, including SNAP recipient households, will receive new a P-EBT card with the child’s name on it. This will be mailed to the address on file with the school your child attended during the 2020-21 school year.

If your child is eligible for multiple payments, each of those payments will be loaded onto that same card. Keep your child’s P-EBT card until MDHS announces that the P-EBT program has ended.

P-EBT benefits WILL NOT be added to the EBT cards of SNAP participants.

Please consult the list below from the USDA:

P-EBT funds can purchase any food for the household, such as:

  • Fruits and vegetables;
  • Meat, poultry, and fish;
  • Dairy products;
  • Breads and cereals;
  • Other foods such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages; and
  • Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat.

Households CANNOT use P-EBT benefits to buy:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
  • Vitamins, medicines, and supplements. If an item has a Supplement Facts label, it is considered a supplement and is not eligible for SNAP purchase.
  • Live animals (except shellfish, fish removed from water, and animals slaughtered prior to pick-up from the store).
  • Foods that are hot at the point of sale
  • Any nonfood items such as:
  • Pet foods
  • Cleaning supplies, paper products, and other household supplies.
  • Hygiene items, cosmetics

These are the same guidelines that apply to SNAP benefits.

MDHS is working diligently to send out P-EBT funds in a timely manner. Payments will be sent out over a number of weeks. Please be patient, as new payments will be sent out as quickly as possible.

MDHS will issue P-EBT benefits through multiple payments. Each payment will match one or more specific months in the 2020-2021 school year.

Benefits will be calculated for each month based on the predominant mode of learning that was used by your child’s school during that month.

  • If your child was enrolled in a school where the majority of students attended virtually or on a hybrid schedule, eligible students will receive P-EBT benefits for that month.

If your child was enrolled in a school where the majority of students attended in-person during that month, your child will NOT receive any benefits for that month

P-EBT benefits will expire after a minimum of 12 months of inactivity on the card. Using your P-EBT card at least once every 365 days will prevent your P-EBT benefits from being taken back.

This means that if you receive a P-EBT payment on August 15, 2021 you have until at least August 14, 2022 to spend those funds.

P-EBT payments are non-transferable and may only be used by your household. If you do not want to spend your child’s P-EBT money, please shred your child’s card and dispose of it. The unspent money will be reclaimed.

If a majority of students at your child’s school had a schedule that was a mix of in-person attendance and virtual attendance that month, the school was operating a “hybrid” schedule.

If a majority of students at your child’s school had a schedule where they did not attend school in-person at all that month (only online from another location), the school was operating a “virtual” schedule

Temporary school absences due to quarantining or illness do not qualify your child for P-EBT if their school was operating an in-person schedule.

The number and amount of payments your qualified child will receive will depend on the number of months that your child’s school operated a virtual schedule ($122.76 per month), a hybrid schedule ($61.38 per month), and an in-person schedule ($0 per month).

For example:

If a child attended a school that had reduced attendance for at least 5 consecutive days and:

  • the majority of students were on a fully-virtual schedule during August 2020 and September 2020 (2 months)
  • the majority of students attended based on a hybrid-schedule during October 2020 (1 month)
  • And the school returned to majority in-person attendance beginning November 2020 through the end of the school year

the child would receive two payments of $122.76 (one for August and one for September) and one payment of $61.38 (for October).

Yes, since the benefit amount for an eligible student will be determined for each individual month and is based on whether the majority of students in your child’s school were attending on a virtual, hybrid, or in-person basis, students may receive different amounts for different months as their school’s schedule changed throughout the 2020-21 school year

No. Mississippi was only approved to offer P-EBT benefits to students in participating public schools and private schools.

No. Mississippi was only approved to offer P-EBT benefits to students in participating public schools and private schools.

No. Mississippi was only approved to offer P-EBT benefits to students in participating public schools and private schools.

Yes. Each child will get a separate card with their name on it.

Yes. You should keep your card until MDHS announces that the P-EBT program has ended.

The parent or guardian listed in the Mississippi Department of Education records provided to MDHS will receive the funds.

No. If a school operated a fully in-person schedule, no child enrolled in that school will receive P-EBT benefits for that month.

Eligibility will be determined for each of your children based on the school they attended and whether they were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

For example, if you have two children and:

  • Child 1 attended a school that was majority virtual in August 2020
  • Child 2 attended a school that was in-person in August 2020
  • Child 1 would receive $122.76 in P-EBT benefits for August (fully virtual amount)
  • Child 2 would receive no P-EBT benefits for August

Who is eligible for P-EBT?

Students whose schools were either virtual or on a hybrid schedule will receive P-EBT stimulus. See chart above for amounts.

When will I receive it?

The P-EBT Plan submitted by MDE and MDHS was approved by FNS on June 21, 2021.  While the plan has been approved, the eligibility information must still be received from MDE and compiled into a system to generate the benefits.  Each month’s benefits will be issued on a different date, so it is important for clients to keep their P-EBT card for future payments.

How will I receive it?

Conduent will be sending cards to the address the school district has on file for your student(s). Each student will receive a new card.

Coming Soon:

How do I activate and set a PIN for the P-EBT card?

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