Pandemic - EBT
Pandemic EBT will be available soon in WA. P-EBT is a new emergency program for ALL children in grades K-12, who receive free or reduced-price school meals. P-EBT provides families with funds to pay the cost of meals while schools are closed due to COVID-19.
- If you receive Basic Food through DSHS AND receive free or reduced-price school meals - no application is required. You will automatically receive these benefits on your EBT cart.
- If you receive TANF, Foster, Migrant, Homeless, or Medicaid - you MUST apply for P-EBT.
- If your child receives free or reduced-price meals AND do not receive Basic Food - you MUST apply for P-EBT.
ONLY CONTACT CHILD NUTRITION (509-972-6044) IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE FREE OR REDUCED-PRICE MEALS AND MAY BE ELIGIBLE. TO APPLY FOR P-EBT, PLEASE VISIT WASHINGTONCONNECTION.ORG OR BY CALLING 877-501-2233. APPLICATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY AUGUST 31, 2020.
Because COVID-19 closed our schools, your children may be eligible for food assistance, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program.
P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for the cost of meals while school was closed. This benefit is for Washington children in grades K-12 who receive free or reduced-price school meals. These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries.
If your family has lost income since schools closed, you may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. You can find out if you are eligible and how to apply by calling (509) 972-6044 or go online to www.wvsd208.org and visit the Child Nutrition page for the free and reduced-price meal application.
Every eligible child may receive up to a maximum of $399 of P-EBT. Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT – it is not Basic Food and will not count in a public charge test. P-EBT is intended to replace meals missed while schools closed due to COVID-19. Children are allowed to get free meals from school and community sites and get P-EBT at the same time – they are separate programs.
If your family does not receive Basic Food, you must apply for P-EBT if you want to receive the funds. The application will be open by June 30. There are two ways to apply:
- Go to: www.WashingtonConnection.org or
- Call DSHS at 877-501-2233
We want to make sure all of our students stay healthy and grow strong.