P-EBT is a food benefit for households to buy food to make up for school meals students missed while they learned from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no income or immigration status requirement. P-EBT is an automatic benefit. There is no application. Eligible students will receive a new round of payments starting in June/July of 2021.
For the 2019-2020 school year, every New York City public school student, ages 3-21, should have received a one-time P-EBT payment of $420.
For the 2020-2021 school year, every New York City public school student, ages 3-21, is eligible for PEBT, but each student’s benefit amount will be based on the number of in-person and virtual learning days that the student had each month.
Students in private, parochial or charter schools who receive free meals through the National School Lunch Program are eligible for P-EBT. Please contact your child/children’s school to confirm whether it provides free meals through the National School Lunch Program.
For the 2019-2020 school year, households should have received a one-time payment of $420 per eligible child.
For the 2020-2021 school year, each eligible student can receive up to $1320 in P-EBT, but the exact amount will depend on the number of days a student attended school in-person versus online:
NOTE: P-EBT is paid per child. A parent of two eligible children could receive up to $264 a month for the 2020-2021 school year.
Eligible students will receive P-EBT in two payments:
No. P-EBT is not a benefit that counts under Public Charge. Receipt of P-EBT does not affect a person’s immigration status.
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Last Updated: 22 June 2021
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