P-EBT Family Information

  • OSPI logo Pandemic EBT from DSHS!

    Thanks to federal COVID-19 relief funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, many families in Washington state will start to receive Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits beginning late-July and through the end of summer. These benefits will help buy groceries while children are home during the summer months.

    Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food benefits are available to families with young children who are eligible for Basic Food benefits as well as school-aged children who are eligible for free or reduce-price school meal programs. The Public Charge rule does not apply to P-EBT and will not impact immigration status.

    What do you need to do?

    • Families must have applied or qualified for free or reduced-price meal benefits during SY 2021-2022.
    • Your students' information has already been shared with DSHS. You can sign up for text message alerts about the status of your child's P-EBT by going to textpebt.dshs.wa.gov

    For the latest information regarding P-EBT benefits, please visit the DSHS-P-EBT page. We are highlighting some key information from their website below:

    Questions about Free & Reduced Lunch eligibility? Contact NTPS Food & Nutrition: 360-412-4446

    Questions about P-EBT benefits? Contact the P-EBT Call Center: 1-833-518-0282 (Operates M-F 8 am - 5 pm)

    Wait times for the Call Center can be lengthy.  More help can be found at ebtEDGE or download the app (iOS or Android)


  • What are Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Benefits?

  • Who is eligible for P-EBT?

  • My child gets lunches at school, can I still qualify for P-EBT?

  • How can P-EBT benefits be used?

  • How do families apply?

  • How do I find out if my child will receive P-EBT benefits?

  • How much will families get?

  • When will P-EBT cards arrive?

  • What do I need to do when the new P-EBT card arrives in the mail?

  • Should I keep my P-EBT card or will I get a new card each month?

  • I am facing homelessness. How do I get my P-EBT card?

  • My child didn't receive a notice or P-EBT card, what should I do?

  • Can I put these benefits on my existing food EBT card?

  • I receive food assistance (including $0 benefit). Do I automatically qualify for P-EBT?

  • If I get P-EBT benefits, will it affect my immigration status or make me a public charge?

  • P-EBT benefits are not covering all my costs; I need more assistance. Who do I contact?

  • Are there any other food benefits available?

  • We do not need these benefits. Can I decline them?