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Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program

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The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) program that provides food assistance benefits to children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to changes in instruction schedules and school closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 made several changes to P-EBT through the amendment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Among these changes is the extension of P-EBT to the summer of 2021. The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Iowa Department of Education (Department) are collaboratively administering this program in Iowa.

NOTE: School year 2020-21 and Summer 2021 P-EBT have closed. The final benefit issuance for summer P-EBT is scheduled for Sept. 2021.

For Parents

For questions regarding the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), call 1-833-631-2508 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions about activating a card or for a card that has been lost or stolen, call 1-800-359-5802.

For Schools

Schools with additional P-EBT questions, contact your regional school nutrition consultant or state Student Reporting in Iowa (SRI) contact.


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on November 26, 2021 at 7:16pm.