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.
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.
- 2021 Summer P-EBT Q&A for Schools (8-12-21) - Provides answers to frequently asked questions concerning the Summer P-EBT program.
Schools with additional P-EBT questions, contact your regional school nutrition consultant or state Student Reporting in Iowa (SRI) contact.