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Pandemic EBT

Pandemic EBT 2020-2021 School Year

Indiana Division of Family Resources does not text parents with information about PEBT. If you receive a text about PEBT do NOT reply.

Pandemic EBT Benefits

Pandemic EBT benefits have been authorized by Public Law 116-159 (Continuing Resolution), through the Federal Fiscal Year (Sept. 30, 2021). P-EBT will continue to be available as long as the Federal Public Health Emergency exists. When the Federal PHE ends, P-EBT will also end.

The Family and Social Services Administration/Division of Family Resources will continue to help Hoosiers feed their families during the PHE as the issuer of the P-EBT benefits. Schools determine eligibility and provide this eligibility information to DFR.

P-EBT benefits expire after 365 days from the issuance date.

P-EBT issuance starting October 2020 has new eligibility conditions for school and student participation. DFR will work in partnership with all Indiana schools to obtain the required student demographic information.

P-EBT Informational Webinar recording

P-EBT data submission portal

Click here for the submission portal guidance document.

What is P-EBT and who is eligible?

P-EBT was authorized by the Families First Corona Virus Response Act. The purpose of P-EBT is to provide food assistance to families with students who would have received free or reduced lunch while attending school but are not in school due to COVID-19 restrictions. This benefit is available only to families with students enrolled in an Indiana school, and were eligible for free or reduced lunch or the school is a Community Eligibility Provision participant. To participate in the P-EBT program schools must be eligible and students must be eligible. The eligibility criteria is below.

  • Schools must be closed or had a delayed start OR have a hybrid model in place.
  • Schools must be a provider of the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.
  • Students must be enrolled in an Indiana School.

    Students are participating in a virtual or hybrid school schedule. Hybrid schedule allows students to participate in school via a virtual learning option including:
    • Students attend school by last name,
    • Students attend school by grade level,
    • Students are attending school virtually due to quarantine,
    • Students are attending school virtually due to isolation,
    • Students are attending school virtually due to parental choice, or
    • Students attend school both virtual and in person.
  • Students must be eligible to receive free/reduced lunch or breakfast for the 2020-2021 school year under normal National School Lunch Program standards. Schools may use 2019-2020 data, IF 2020-2021 data is unavailable.

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Do we have to apply?

No. Data is collected from schools based on the eligibility criteria above. Eligible students will receive all future issuances on the card received in February 2021. Newly eligible students identified at a quarterly issuance will receive a card if they have not yet received one in 2021. Do not dispose of cards, keep them for possible future issuances. ALL DATES FOR FUTURE ISSUANCES ARE ESTIMATED.

P-EBT eligible months Estimated issuance date
July - September 2021 TBD
October - December 2021 TBD
P-EBT eligible time period Issuance date
Quarter October - December 2020 February 5, 2021
Quarter January - March 2021 May 10, 2021
SUMMER P-EBT June 21, 2021
Quarter April - June 2021 July 12, 2021

Did my child’s school participate in the P-EBT issuance?

The link below is the listing of schools

Who can tell me if my child will receive P-EBT Benefits?

Please contact your student’s school for eligibility questions.

When will I receive the benefits?

Please refer to issuance schedule above.

How much will a student receive for P-EBT Benefits?

The benefit amount is determined by the school based upon the number of days the Student participated in virtual learning, was in quarantine, or was out of school due to COVID-19 illness or the school had a delayed start or closure. Individual eligibility is calculated by determining number of days eligible (based on above conditions) x $6.82 (USDA approved daily amount for free breakfast, lunch and snack).

Will each student receive the same P-EBT Benefit amount?

No. Student eligibility is calculated based on the number of educational days missed by each student. Each eligible student will receive a new P-EBT card for the February issuance, mailed to the address reported by the school. The parents of each student will be informed to retain this card in case eligible for future P-EBT benefits. Newly identified students at each quarterly issuance would receive a new P-EBT card at the end of the quarter.

Do you have the correct mailing address?

The mailing address for the P-EBT card is provided by the school. This is the information used to issue the P-EBT benefits. If you need to update your address and you have never received a card, or your card was lost or stolen please, click the link below and choose the appropriate selection.

Are P-EBT Benefits going to be deposited on the SNAP/TANF EBT card?

No. All future benefits will go on the cards issued in February, 2021. If you did not receive a card in February, but received on in May, 2021, all future benefits will go on that card. If your child was never eligible in the past, but is eligible in the 21/22 school year, a new card will be issued and all future benefits will be issued to that card.

DO NOT discard, lose, or give away your PEBT card.  Please keep it safely so that you can receive future benefits in a timely fashion.

What do I do if my card is lost or stolen after it has been received and activated and I need a replacement card?

If your card is lost or stolen after you have activated it please click the address change and card replacement form link above and chose “Card is lost/ stolen, and I need a replacement card sent to the address on file”. Please allow six weeks to receive a replacement card.

Can I verify the address on file to ensure the card is being sent to the correct location?

The mailing address for the P-EBT card is the address provided by the student’s school.

Does this program apply to children in Head start, preschool or homeschooled children?

No, only those students enrolled in Kindergarten-grade 12 are eligible.

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