P-EBT Eligibility Guidelines  · Starter Portal (2023)

P-EBT Eligibility Guidelines· Starter Portal (1)

NYS PEBT Food Benefits Application Process

The NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is automatically paying P-EBT Food Benefits in Spring 2023 to the following eligible children for the 2021-22 school year and Summer 2022:

  • Children under age 6 who received Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits during the 2021-22 school year, including any eligible children who attended pre-kindergarten, will receive a benefit for each month from September 2021 through June 2022 that they received SNAP benefits. Eligible children will also receive a P-EBT Summer 2022 food benefit if they received SNAP benefits for the months of June, July, or August 2022; and

  • K-12 children who missed school for 5 consecutive days per month, AND:

    • Attended a NYS National School Lunch Program (NSLP) participating school that submitted daily attendance records for the 2021-22 school year, AND:

    • Were eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) for the 2021-22 school year.

For any absences per month that fall outside of automatic payments for 5 consecutive days that a child was absent or remote as mentioned above, or for children who did not automatically receive a school year benefit, parents or guardians of Pre-K and K-12 children may complete an application and attest to the total number of days per month that their child was absent or remote due to COVID-19. Applications for K-12 students will only be allowed for students who attended NSLP-participating schools that submitted student attendance data to OTDA.

The information you enter in this application will be kept confidential as required by law and will be used to check eligibility for P-EBT benefits and to administer P-EBT benefits only.

The application and a list of NSLP participating schools is available at: https://pebtbenefits.ny.gov after you log in to your ny.gov account. Please follow the steps as outlined below to log in.

Answers to many commonly asked questions about the P-EBT Food Benefits application process for New York State residents are below:

  • Applications will only be accepted through August 15, 2023.

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  • NYS OTDA will process your application on or before September 29, 2023.

  • If you are unable to access or complete the online application, please call our Helpline at 1-833-452-0096.

  • You may submit applications for each of your eligible children on the Application website. You do not need to create separate NY.gov accounts for each child.

  • Please note: OTDA cannot issue benefits to children who attended a school that did not submit enrollment or attendance information for the 2021-22 school year. If you believe your child is eligible for a 2021-22 school year or Summer 2022 benefit that they did not receive, you may contact the P-EBT Helpline at 1-833-452-0096 or email us through P-EBT information form found on our FAQ page. An email is not considered an application.

  • For incomplete applications, after 15 days, we will send you a reminder inviting you to return and complete the application. After 30 days, your application will be permanently closed as incomplete.If needed, you may start a new application.

  • If you are unsure if you should apply, you can call our Helpline at 1-833-452-0096, and after the representative confirms that you are the parent or guardian of the child you are calling about, the representative can walk you through each month for which your child has already received a benefit, and let you know if your child might be eligible to receive more per month if you submit an application.

  • The Continuing Appropriations Act of 2021 allows for pandemic related benefits to be issued only during the fiscal year in which the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) is in place. The PHE is ending on May 11, 2023, and payment of P-EBT benefits must be completed by September 30, 2023.

How do I apply for P-EBT Food Benefits? What information is requested in the application?

Step One: Please go to https://pebtbenefits.ny.gov and sign in to your NY.gov account by selecting the Sign In option on the menu.

Step Two: Select New Application

Step Three:

  • For K-12 Applications

    Select Check K-12 School List and you will be brought to a page where you can search for the name of the NSLP-participating school that your child attended during the 2021-22 school year.

    • Please note: You MUST be logged in to your NY.gov account to see the National School Lunch Program list of participating schools.

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    • Please note: We will only be accepting applications for children who attended schools that submitted attendance for the 2021-22 school year.

    • If you do not see your child’s school on the NSLP participating list on our application website, you will be unable to apply. However, if your child’s school is not listed on the dropdown and you are unable to apply for a 2021-22 school year benefit, please note that your child may be eligible for a Summer 2022 or Summer 2023 benefit that will be issued on or before September 29, 2023. Please contact the P-EBT Helpline for additional information.

  • For Pre-K Applications

    Select Start Pre-K Application

Step Four: NYS OTDA will ask you to select Continue to agree to the following:

  • By clicking on the continue button below, I am attesting, under penalty of perjury, that all of the statements and information that I will provide are true to the best of my knowledge and that I am willing to cooperate with any efforts to verify the information provided. I understand that the information provided by me will be used to determine my child’s eligibility for Pandemic-EBT benefits.

Step Five: Confirm the type of application you wish to submit and select Next

The following information will be requested in the application:

  • Your child’s NYS Student Identification System ID (NYSSIS ID) – This is a unique statewide identification number assigned to all students participating in the NYS PreK-12 school system. This number is not required but will assist OTDA with processing your child’s application.

  • Your child’s first name, last name and date of birth;

  • The primary parent or guardian’s first name and last name;

  • The child’s current address; the previous address of the child if they moved during the 2021-22 school year;

  • Additional school name if your child attended more than one school during the 2021-22 school year;

  • Whether or not your child previously received a P-EBT benefit

    • If you still have the card in your possession;

    • If you received P-EBT food benefits on a P-EBT card, SNAP card or a Medicaid card;

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    • The Client Identification Number (CIN) of the card.

  • The total number of days your child was absent or remote due to COVID-19 for each month. We will use this information to compare to the attendance that your child’s school submitted to NYSED. If there is a difference between the information reported by you and your child’s school, we will pay the benefits based on the information reported by the school. Please note: for this reason, NYS OTDA is unable to process applications for children who attended schools that did not submit attendance for the 2021-22 school year. Without an individual child’s attendance information submitted by the child’s school for 2021-22 school year, NYS OTDA will be unable to match the attendance information from the parent or guardian.

Is there a difference between a Pre-K P-EBT Application process and a K-12 Application process?

The same information will be collected for K-12 and Pre-K children except for the following:

  • Pre-K children will have the option to submit documentation from their child’s school in order to receive a school year benefit.

  • Pre-K children are eligible for a child under 6 benefit IF they were on an active SNAP case for any month from September 2021 through June 2022, and a summer benefit if they were active on a SNAP case in June, July or August 2022. These children will have received their benefit by May 1, 2023.

    • With documentation from the child’s school, pre-k children who received the children under 6 benefit may be eligible for an additional school year benefit if they had absences that exceed 5 days in any given month.

  • For Pre-K children who did not receive a benefit for children under 6, they are eligible for either a:

    • children under 6 benefit without documentation ($31 per month), OR

    • a school year benefit with documentation

To download the documentation for Pre-K children, please click here:

How much will I receive in the P-EBT Food Benefit Application?

  • Payment tiers for school year benefits are as follows:

    • Tier 1 is $21 = 1-5 days absent or remote due to COVID-19 per month

    • Tier 2 is $78 = 6-15 days absent or remote due to COVID-19 per month

    • Tier 3 is $128 = 16+ days absent or remote due to COVID-19 per month

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  • If your child did not already receive a benefit for 5 consecutive days of missed school, your child may be eligible for P-EBT food benefits for additional days they missed school per month due to COVID-19 (please see eligibility guidelines on our Frequently Asked Questions website



    • If you are unsure if you should have received this benefit already, please call our Helpline at 1-833-452-0096.

  • If your child did receive a benefit for the 2021-22 school year in Spring 2023, and you would like to attest to other days per month that your child was absent or remote due to COVID-19, NYS OTDA will pay the difference between the benefits that have already been issued for the 2021-22 school year (which are 5 consecutive days absent or remote per month) and the reported days per month by the parent or guardian. Your child’s school must have submitted attendance that validates what the parent or guardian reports in the application.

How will I receive P-EBT Food Benefits for my eligible child/children through the application?

  • Eligible children currently receiving SNAP or Temporary Assistance (cash) will have their P-EBT food benefits issued to their household’s EBT card.

  • Eligible children who successfully accessed their food benefits for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years on a P-EBT Food Benefit card will receive their food benefits for the 2021-22 school year on the same P-EBT Food Benefit card.

  • All other eligible children will be mailed a P-EBT Food Benefit card with instructions explaining how to activate the card and access the food benefits.

    If the P-EBT Food Benefit card(s) you used to access your child’s P-EBT food benefits for the 2019-20 and/or 2020-21 school years have been lost, stolen or damaged, the information on our Frequently Asked Questions page https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Pandemic-EBT.asp can assist you in ordering a replacement card.

    IMPORTANT: Please be sure to hold on to your SNAP EBT card, or P-EBT Food Benefit card in the event that additional P-EBT food benefits are issued to your child in the future.

How will I know the status of my child’s PEBT Food Benefits after I have submitted an application?

  • Once you have submitted an application online, you will receive an email with a confirmation code. Please visit https://pebtbenefits.ny.gov and log in to your NY.gov account to check the status of your child’s application.

  • If you submit your application online, after your child’s application has been processed:

    • NYS OTDA will let you know by email when your application has been processed and if your child is eligible for a payment.

    • NYS OTDA will also let you know by email if your application has been processed and denied due to your child being ineligible for a benefit, ineligible to receive additional benefits, or for other reasons, such as your child not being included on the list of children submitted by your child’s school.

  • For applications submitted through the Helpline for accessibility assistance, you will also receive a confirmation code. Please use this confirmation code to call the Helpline at 1-833-452-0096 in order to check the status of your application.

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PEBT Contact Information:

  • Call 1-833-452-0096 for the P-EBT Food Benefits Helpline; OR

  • Email us at otda.ny.gov/PEBT-Info to submit a question in writing. Please note: The P-EBT Information Form is NOT an application.


Is Florida giving out pandemic EBT? ›

Each eligible student/child will receive a one-time Summer 2022 P-EBT benefit of $391. Summer 2022 P-EBT benefit issuance is expected to begin in October 2022 and will run through November 2022. Eligible recipients should expect to receive their payment by November 30, 2022.

How much is on the P-EBT card Florida? ›

The P-EBT benefit amount for school year 2021-2022 is $7.10 per student multiplied by the number of verified COVID-related absences where the student did not have access to free or reduced-priced meals.

How do I check my P-EBT balance in Florida? ›

Or by calling the EBT Customer Service number (1-888-356-3281) on the back of your card. After you enter you sixteen (16) digit EBT card number you will hear your current food assistance or cash account balance(s).

What time does EBT deposit in Florida? ›

Florida's food benefits are deposited to SNAP accounts between the 1st and the 28th of every month, based on the 9th and 8th digits of your Florida case number (read backward) after dropping the 10th digit.

Is Florida getting P-EBT for 2023? ›

The full P-EBT benefit is available to school children in the summer of 2023. However, assuming that the public health emergency expires on May 11, 2023, as the Administration currently anticipates, summer 2023 P-EBT benefits will not be available to SNAP-enrolled children in childcare.

Who is eligible for 450 per child in Florida? ›

Eligible recipients include: Foster Parents Relative Caregivers Non-relative Caregivers Families receiving TANF cash assistance Guardianship Assistance Program participantsOfficials explained that families do not need to apply for the payment and that checks have been mailed directly to the recipients and should arrive ...

Is the Florida P-EBT a one-time payment? ›

Each eligible student/child will receive a one-time Summer 2022 P-EBT benefit of $391. Summer 2022 P-EBT benefit issuance is expected to begin in October 2022 and will run through November 2022.

How much is EBT per month in Florida? ›

Just remember, to be approved for benefits, you need to meet all the eligibility requirements. For one person, the maximum benefit is $281 per month. A family of four in Florida would receive a maximum of $939 per month in 2023 in SNAP benefits. The amounts given here are the maximum possible.

Is Florida approved for summer EBT? ›

Children in School

A student is eligible for Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits if the following conditions are met: The student attended a school during school year 21-22 that participated in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and.

Does Florida EBT balance expire? ›

No, you do not have to use all of your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in the month that you receive them. Any SNAP benefits in your SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) account at the end of the month will be carried over into the next month.

Is there an app to check Florida EBT balance? ›

The ConnectEBT app is the fast, secure and easy way to monitor your EBT available balance, deposits, transaction activity, and select or change your PIN.

How do I check my pandemic EBT balance in PA? ›

Families that receive the benefit on their regular EBT card can also check their SNAP balance through DHS' myCOMPASS PA mobile app.

How long does EBT processing take in Florida? ›

It may take 7 to 30 days to process your food assistance application. Expedited households may get food assistance benefits within seven days. Your answers on the application will decide if your household meets expedited food assistance criteria.

Will the EBT card be reloaded Florida? ›

The good news for families dependent on the help is that the distribution of P-EBT cards to school age children is going to carry on in November and through December of 2022. Cards will be automatically reloaded with a second lot of benefits in late November and December 2022.

Did Florida give food stamps early? ›

On Aug. 30, 2019, FNS approved Florida for early issuance of September benefits to SNAP households that receive their benefits between the first and 14th of the month. The early issuance of benefits will allow the state to respond to the needs of families who are preparing for severe weather.

Do single moms get the $450 from Florida? ›

A press release from First Lady Casey DeSantis lists this budget item as $450 per child payments to 59,000 families. Casey DeSantis says that foster families, adoptive families and single mothers are eligible for the checks.

Who gets $300 a month per child? ›

$250 per month for each qualifying child age 6 to 17 at the end of 2021. $300 per month for each qualifying child under age 6 at the end of 2021.

Do you get $600 per child? ›

The COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted in late December 2020, authorized additional payments of up to $600 per adult for eligible individuals and up to $600 for each qualifying child under age 17.

Is SNAP and EBT the same thing in Florida? ›

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that allows a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participant to pay for food using SNAP benefits.

What can you buy with EBT card in Florida? ›

Find the SNAP/EBT booth, swipe your EBT card, get your tokens. Exchange SNAP tokens with participating vendors around the market for SNAP-eligible items: fruits and vegetables, bread products, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, seeds & plants which produce food to eat.

Will the P EBT card be reloaded every month in Indiana? ›

Note that if you have an existing P-EBT card, it will be reloaded with new funds when new benefits are distributed.

How much food stamps does 1 person get in FL? ›

Calculating Benefit Amounts
SNAP Benefits by Household Size
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What is the highest income to qualify for SNAP? ›

Your net income is your gross income minus any allowable deductions. And assets are "countable resources" like cash, money in a bank account, and certain vehicles. For fiscal year 2023 (Oct. 1, 2022 – Sept. 30, 2023), a two-member household with a net monthly income of $1,526 (100% of poverty) might qualify for SNAP.

What is the Suncap program in Florida? ›

SUNCAP. The SUNCAP Program is a special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP—formerly the Food Stamp Program) who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You may be eligible to receive food stamps through the SUNCAP Program without any additional application, paperwork, or interviews.

Can I buy hot food with EBT in Florida? ›

Generally, food that is hot when sold or food that is sold to be eaten in the store cannot be purchased with your EBT card. This also rules out rotisserie chicken and prepared deli foods.

Does EBT roll over to next month Florida? ›

Unused benefits will rollover each month. Accounts without purchases or returns will expire after 274 days.

How long can I use my Florida EBT card in another state? ›

What happens if you travel often or live in a border town? You can use your EBT in another state indefinitely as long as you continue to meet the program requirements and maintain residency in the state in which you are receiving benefits.

Do food stamps roll over in PA? ›

As long as you use your EBT card regularly, your SNAP benefits will not expire. SNAP benefits only expire if you do not use your card for nine months.

What time does my access Florida Open? ›

Information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using the ACCESS Florida website or by calling the customer call center at 1-866-762-2237. Anyone can apply for food stamps, Medicaid or cash assistance at the following locations: Online at www.myflorida.com/accessflorida.

How do I check my CT SNAP balance online? ›

Know your balance before you shop. You can check your balance by calling the EBT customer service number listed on the back of your EBT card - 1-888-328-2666. You can know your balance by saving your EBT receipts.
Last Name Begins with LetterBenefits Available on
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What is the 1 800 food stamp number Louisiana? ›

To access SNAP, FITAP, KCSP or Child Support, apply online via the CAFÉ Self-Service Portal (dcfs.la.gov/cafe) or get information about the services online at www.dcfs.la.gov/page/family-support or by calling the LAHelpU Customer Service Center at 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578).

What are the benefits of the PA access card? ›

Recipients are able to use their EBT Access Card to obtain cash benefits through ATMs located throughout the state. In addition, recipients are able to make cash purchases and receive cashback through POS terminals at participating retailers.

How does PA access card work? ›

The PA EBT ACCESS card is an industry-standard plastic card with a magnetic strip. It provides recipients access to Cash Assistance, SNAP and Medical Assistance benefits. Recipients access their SNAP benefits electronically through point-of-sale (POS) terminals in authorized food stores.

What time do food stamps appear on EBT card PA? ›

When will I get my food stamps? Pennsylvania sends out food stamps over the first 10 business days of the month (excluding weekends and holidays), based on the last digit of your case record number.

How long does it take to get food stamps after the interview Florida? ›

SNAP benefits will usually be issued from the original date of the application. Applicants will be given 10 days after the interview to provide more documents. Once all the required documentation is received, the examiner will process the case within 30 days of the application date.

How do I renew my SNAP benefits in Florida? ›

You can renew your benefits online with a MyACCESS account. If you'd rather renew in person, call your caseworker, local office, or the Florida SNAP hotline (1-866-762-2237) to find out how. If you sign up for email notifications in your MyACCESS Account, you'll get an email when it's time to renew.

How long does it take to get EBT in CT? ›

If you have just been certified to receive SNAP benefits, your benefits should be in your EBT account within 30 days from the date you filed your application.

How much is on the P EBT card Florida? ›

The P-EBT benefit amount for school year 2021-2022 is $7.10 per student multiplied by the number of verified COVID-related absences where the student did not have access to free or reduced-priced meals.

Does Burger King accept EBT in Florida? ›

The RMP operates in Arizona, California, Maryland, Michigan, Rhode Island and Virginia. But out of these six states, QuerySprout noted that Burger King only accepts EBT cards in Arizona and California. Locations are also very limited.

Where can I pay with EBT fast food? ›

They can even use their EBT cards at the following fast food restaurants:
  • Burger King.
  • Carl's Jr.
  • McDonald's.
  • Domino's.
  • KFC.
  • Little Caesars.
  • Subway.
  • Popeye's.
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Does Florida have EBT cards? ›

The Access Florida Card is Florida's EBT card. EBT = electronic benefits transfer. EBT card = a card that looks and works like a debit or credit card but is loaded with food stamps (also known as SNAP benefits) and/or cash benefits. You can use it at stores that accept EBT.

How much is on the P-EBT card Illinois? ›

Each child eligible to receive School or Child Care Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits (see eligibility criteria listed above) will receive a one-time fixed amount of $391.00 (three hundred and ninety-one dollars) to cover summer benefits.

How much is the P-EBT card in Alabama? ›

The benefits will total $19 per month for each eligible child. DHR said it expects to issue P-EBT benefits covering September 2022 through part of May 2023 for SNAP children under age 6 in three separate allotments, beginning with benefits for September through November 2022.

Can you buy McDonald's with EBT in Florida? ›

While you generally cannot purchase food from McDonald's using your EBT card, there are some exemptions. According to QuerySprout, if you get the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits or qualify for the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP), you could use your SNAP benefits to make a purchase at McDonald's.

Can I buy Subway with EBT in Florida? ›

If you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, you can use your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card at participating Subway restaurants.

How do I qualify for cash on EBT in Florida? ›

To be eligible for Florida TANF, you must be a resident of Florida, and a U.S. citizen, legal alien or qualified alien. You must be unemployed or underemployed and have low or very low income.

Can you get cash from EBT card Florida? ›

A transaction fee may be charged for cash withdrawals. A transaction fee is not allowed for purchases made with food assistance benefits. Florida provides you with 2 free “cash only” withdrawals per month. After the first 2, there is an 85¢ transaction fee for each additional “cash only” withdrawal.

How much do you get for SNAP pa? ›

The best way to determine if and how much your household will qualify for SNAP is to apply.
Income requirements beginning October 1, 2022:
Household SizeMaximum Gross Monthly Income
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Who is eligible for P-EBT in Illinois? ›

Who is eligible for P-EBT benefits?
  • Must be enrolled in free or reduced-price school meals at a school operating the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); OR,
  • Must be enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which offers breakfast and lunch free to all students; AND,

Does Illinois have PEBT? ›

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) in collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will issue Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to families with eligible children for the 2021-2022 school year.

How much is EBT in Texas? ›

Maximum Monthly SNAP Amount
Family sizeMonthly SNAP amount
Family size 1Monthly SNAP amount $281
Family size 2Monthly SNAP amount $516
Family size 3Monthly SNAP amount $740
Family size 4Monthly SNAP amount $939
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How much is PEBT in California? ›

There is no requirement for school-aged children to be attending school via Independent Study to receive Summer P-EBT benefits. All children eligible for Summer P-EBT will get a standard benefit amount of $391.

Can I use my Alabama P-EBT card in another state? ›

YES! You have a right to use your SNAP in all 50 states. SNAP is a federal program that is “interoperable” between states.


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