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Pandemic-EBT 2020-2021 School Year

The Family and Social Services Administration/Division of Family Resources will continue to help Hoosiers feed their families during the PHE as the issuer of the P-EBT (Pandemic-EBT) benefits. Schools determine eligibility and provide this eligibility information to DFR.  (Division of Family Resources)


P-EBT issuance starting October 2020 has new eligibility conditions for school and student participation. DFR will work in partnership with all Indiana schools to obtain the required student demographic information. School participation in the P-EBT program is voluntary.


What is P-EBT and who is eligible?

P-EBT was authorized by the Families First Corona Virus Response Act. The purpose of P-EBT is to provide food assistance to families with students who would have received free or reduced lunch while attending school but are not in school due to COVID-19 restrictions. This benefit is available only to families with students enrolled in an Indiana school and were eligible for free or reduced lunch or the school is a Community Eligibility Provision participant (ACSC is one of these). To participate in the P-EBT program schools must be eligible and students must be eligible.  The eligibility criteria are below:


  • Schools must be closed or had a delayed start for five consecutive days OR have a hybrid model in place.
  • Schools must be a provider of the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.
  • Students must be enrolled in an Indiana School.
  • Students are participating in a virtual or hybrid school schedule.


Do we have to apply?

No. Schools will be asked to report to DFR all eligible students (see above eligibility criteria). Participation in the P-EBT program is voluntary for schools. P-EBT cards will be mailed quarterly at the end of the month.  Please refer to issuance schedule below and all dates are estimated:


P-EBT eligible months Issuance month
October - December 2020 January 31, 2021
January - March 2021 April 30, 2021
April - June 2021 July 31, 2021
July - September September 30, 2021


Who can tell me if my child will receive P-EBT Benefits?

Please contact your student’s school for eligibility questions.


When will I receive the benefits?

Please refer to the issuance schedule above.


How much will a student receive for P-EBT Benefits?

The benefit amount is determined by the school based upon the number of days the Student participated in virtual learning, was in quarantine, or was out of school due to COVID-19 illness for at least 5 consecutive school days or the school had a delayed start or closure for five consecutive days or more. Individual eligibility is calculated by determining the number of days eligible (based on the above conditions) x $5.86 (USDA approved daily amount for free breakfast and lunch).


Will each student receive the same P-EBT Benefit amount?

No. Student eligibility is calculated based on the number of educational days missed by each student.  Each eligible student will receive a P-EBT card mailed to the address reported by the school.

Do you have the correct mailing address and the number of children that are in the household?

The mailing address for the P-EBT card and number of eligible children is provided by the school. This is the information used to issue the P-EBT Benefits.


Are P-EBT Benefits going to be deposited on the SNAP/TANF EBT card?

No. The issuance of P-EBT benefits will not be issued on the active EBT card for SNAP and/or TANF recipients. A P-EBT card will be mailed for each eligible student in the household.


I have not received my card.

Cards for the P-EBT issuance will start arriving in the mail at the end of each quarter, please refer to the issuance schedule above.


Can I verify the address on file to ensure the card is being sent to the correct location?

The mailing address for the P-EBT card is the address provided by the student’s school.


Does this program apply to children in Head start, preschool or homeschooled children?

No, only those students enrolled in Kindergarten-grade 12 are eligible.