DSHS distributing P-EBT cards again for the 2020-21 school year

Chehalis, WA – The Washington Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) is providing pandemic electronic benefit (P-EBT) cards again to eligible children for the 2020-21 school year. Children will receive P-EBT benefits if they are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and their school is closed or has reduced in-person attendance hours. The monthly benefit ranges from $25 to $123 per child.

New P-EBT cards will be automatically mailed in the next few weeks to families who have already qualified for free and reduced lunches at their schools. The card will be mailed directly to each eligible child instead of benefits being loaded onto a family's existing SNAP/EBT card. Families can continue to apply for free and reduced lunches through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

P-EBT cards are eligible for purchasing affordable local produce and supporting local farmers at farmers’ markets that participate in the SNAP Market Match program. These cards can be used just like a SNAP/EBT card to purchase tokens at a farmers’ market. A family may swipe their SNAP/EBT card for benefits and a P-EBT card and can receive SNAP Market Match for both transactions depending on which market they attend and some have limits on match funds available. A family with multiple qualifying children can swipe each card and receive SNAP Market Match for each card.

Families who use P-EBT for qualifying purchases at Safeway stores are eligible to receive Complete Eats coupons which can be used to buy fresh fruits and vegetables during their next shopping trip.

More information on the P-EBT card can be found at: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/community-services-offices/pandemic-ebt-p-ebt. or call the P-EBT Contact Center at 833–518–0282 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (except observed holidays).

If you have questions about SNAP Market Match transactions that involved P-EBT, please contact SNAP.MarketMatch@doh.wa.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Posted: March 29, 2021