INFORMATION REGARDING P-EBT FOOD FUNDS

At this time it appears that P-EBT funds HAVE BEEN ADDED back into each NYC DOE family's account.  However, MCSM does NOT have anything whatsoever to do with this.  All info is below. Please locate your card if you have it and check your balance OR if you do not have it, contact them at 888 328 6399.

Please do not reach out to MCSM staff as we are not handling this whatsoever. All inquiries must be directed to the NYS EBT Office. 

P-EBT AT A GLANCE

All NYC public school students are automatically eligible for P-EBT, no application or registration is required. P-EBT does not affect any other benefits or public charge status. 

Families will receive benefits per student as follows:

  • $82 per month that a student’s primary mode of learning was hybrid or blended
  • $132 per month that a student’s primary mode of learning was fully remote

Hold on to your P-EBT card from last year! If you cannot find your card, you can request a replacement card now by calling EBT Customer Service at 1-888-328-6399.

WHAT is P-EBT?

P-EBT covers the cost of missed school meals while students learn remotely.  

WHO will receive P-EBT for the current school year?

In NYC, every single public school student—regardless of income or immigration status—will receive P-EBT funds for the current school year (2020-2021). P-EBT does not affect eligibility for other benefits or public charge status. 

Students in charter and parochial schools may receive P-EBT if their school participates in the national school lunch program, and if they qualify for free or reduced-price meals. 

WHEN will NYC students receive the 2020-2021 school year P-EBT benefit?

There will be two main distributions:

  • Distribution 1 (expected to start June 15) covers September 2020–March 2021.*
  • Distribution 2 (expected to start in late summer/early fall) covers April–June 2021.*

*Distribution dates are approximate 

HOW MUCH will NYC students receive this school year? 

The total amount for each student will reflect the primary mode of learning that the student had for each month of the school year:

  • $82 per month that the student’s primary mode of learning was hybrid or blended
  • $132 per month that the student’s primary mode of learning was fully remote

For example, a student who was learning hybrid for all 10 months of the school year would receive a total of $820 for the school year ($82 x 10 months). 

HOW will students receive P-EBT?

No application or documentation is required.  Like last year, P-EBT benefits will be issued automatically to families on their benefits cards or on a new P-EBT card.  

Here is how the cards work: 

  • If students received and redeemed P-EBT last year, funds will go to the same card on which the student received the spring funds (such as a SNAP EBT card, Medicaid CBIC, or card issued just for P-EBT), if last spring’s P-EBT benefit was redeemed on that card.
  • For families new to the public school system this year and enrolled in SNAP or public assistance, funds will go on the existing EBT card (such as the card the family has for SNAP or public assistance). 
  • For families newly enrolled in SNAP or public assistance, the P-EBT funds will be distributed to your EBT card.
  • A new P-EBT card will be mailed to the family for students who:
    • are new to the school system this year and not enrolled in SNAP or public assistance
    • received their spring 2020 P-EBT on an existing SNAP and/or public assistance EBT card or Medicaid CBIC but are no longer enrolled in those programs; or
    • received their spring 2020 P-EBT on a separate P-EBT card but did not redeem the benefit.

What NYC families can do now:

Hold on to your P-EBT card from last year! 

If you have misplaced your spring 2020 P-EBT card:

If you cannot find your card, you can request a replacement card now by calling EBT Customer Service at 1-888-328-6399. 

We are here to help:

Community Food Advocates and our Lunch 4 Learning partners will continue to help ensure NYC families can easily access their children's P-EBT benefits.