Pandemic-EBT: Two Steps to Take
California is getting ready to issue Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits for the 20-21 school year. Eligible families can receive a P-EBT card with funds to purchase food while school buildings are closed.
To receive P-EBT, review the following before March 10 (deadline extended!):
- Ensure your children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. If you haven’t already, update your household income information online by submitting the Multipurpose Family Income Form.
- Ensure your mailing address is correct. Check which address you have on file or update it by completing the Emergency Card form online in ParentVUE.
The State of California will mail cards directly to families April through June. Families do not need to apply. Benefits have recently been increased by 15% and will include any August and September funds not received. Like school meals, P-EBT is available regardless of citizenship status and is not considered a “public charge.”
Note: All students enrolled in Community Eligibility Provision schools, receiving CalFresh or CalWORKs, or who are homeless, migrant, or foster, are automatically eligible and do not need to submit the Multipurpose Family Income Form. Please ensure your mailing address is correct!
For assistance updating your mailing address over the phone, contact the Student and Family Resource Link at 415-340-1716.
Download P-EBT Flyer
Includes English, Chinese and Spanish
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my children qualify for free or reduced-price meals?
You may have received a letter at the beginning of the school year stating that your children qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. You can also view this letter online. On SchoolCafe.com, create an account or log in. Select Add a Student and use the SFUSD student ID number, school, and last name. Under Eligibility Information, select Notifications, then View. This will bring up the letter of eligibility. You can view, print or download your letter. If there is no letter, click Apply to submit an application. Learn more at sfusd.edu/mfif.
When will I receive my P-EBT 2.0 card?
The State will mail cards April through June. They will be mailed in alphabetical order.
What is the benefit amount of P-EBT 2.0?
The benefit amount is $6.82 per day an eligible child's school building is closed.
Why did I not receive P-EBT benefits for August and September 2020?
Many eligible students did not receive benefits because their enrollments had not yet been updated when the data was used to determine benefits. The California Department of Education will identify any students that were missed in the first distribution and include those benefits in the next distribution, scheduled for March through June.
Are SFUSD EED (Pre-K and TK) students eligible for P-EBT 2.0?
Yes. EED students are now eligible for P-EBT. During the first distribution for the 19-20 school year, EED students were not included in this benefit. The policy was changed for the 20-21 school year. Each EED student must be eligible for free or reduced-price meals to receive P-EBT. Families can become eligible by submitting the Multipurpose Family Income Form at sfusd.edu/mfif.
Are SFUSD charter students eligible for P-EBT?
Yes. However, some charter school students need to go through their school to receive free or reduced-price meal eligibility. SFUSD can process eligibility for students attending New School, KIPP Bayview Academy, KIPP Bayview Elementary, KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy, Gateway MS/HS, Creative Arts Charter, CAT (Envision at Jordan), Leadership HS. Families can become eligible by submitting the Multipurpose Family Income Form at sfusd.edu/mfif.
If I receive P-EBT, can I also pick up grab & go meals?
Yes! Learn more about grab-and-go meals at sfusd.edu/schoolfood.
Where can I use the P-EBT card?
A P-EBT card can only be used to purchase food in most grocery stores and farmer's markets. You can also use your P-EBT card to buy groceries online for delivery from Amazon or pick-up from Walmart. You can also order your groceries for store pickup at several Safeways in the City. Check the list regularly for updates (English | Spanish). Unfortunately, your P-EBT card may not be used for restaurant meals or fast food.
How do I get help with my P-EBT card?
Contact the P-EBT Helpline by calling (877) 328-9677. The P-EBT helpline can help with PIN set-up, address changes, or replacing lost/stolen P-EBT cards. The P-EBT Helpline cannot help with determining eligibility or issuing new benefits if your child is not found in the system.
Will my P-EBT card expire?
You can use your P-EBT benefits for one year starting from the date you received your P-EBT card.