What is Pandemic EBT?

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1. What is P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program?

2. Who can get P-EBT?

3. If my child is eligible, how much money will we get?

  • March — $68.40
  • April — $125.40
  • May — $119.70
  • June — $85.50

4. Can P-EBT affect me or my family’s immigration status? Is P-EBT only available for U.S. citizens?

5. How do my children get P-EBT?

6. How do I apply for P-EBT?

  1. Online: www.WashingtonConnection.org (on the application, choose ‘Pandemic EBT — Emergency School Meals Program’ box in the Food Assistance section) OR
  2. Call: 877–501–2233 (DSHS Customer Service Contact Center — Language translation available)
  • Name of your child’s school or school district
  • Your child’s first and last name as it appears on school enrollment records
  • Child’s date of birth

7. When is the deadline to apply for P-EBT?

8. How will I know if I am approved?

9. What should I do when I get the P-EBT card in the mail?

10. What if our P-EBT card arrives with the wrong amount of money?

11. Can kids still get meals from schools or other organizations if we get P-EBT?

12. How often will I get P-EBT benefits?

13. What if I applied online and didn’t get my P-EBT card, or I get a letter denying my application?

14. What can I buy with P-EBT benefits?

  • Non-food items (for example: cleaning supplies, diapers, tampons, etc.)
  • Alcohol
  • Hot or prepared foods (for example: deli food, roasted chicken, etc.)
  • Vitamins or medicines
  • Select “EBT”
  • Swipe your P-EBT card
  • Enter your private PIN number

15. Do I have to use all my P-EBT benefits when I get my card?

16. Who do I call if I have questions?

17. What if I have questions about P-EBT and my ability to apply for a green card/legal permanent residence?

  • NWIRP Seattle Office: 206–587–4009
  • NWIRP Yakima Valley (Granger) Office: 509–854–2100
  • NWIRP Wenatchee Office: 509–570–0054
  • NWIRP Tacoma South office: 206–816–3893

18. How can low income families who don’t get Basic Food or free or reduced-price school meals get P-EBT benefits?

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