P-EBT for Childcare and Summer EBT are Starting this Month!

Pandemic EBT for Childcare

Pandemic EBT for Childcare, administered by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is a grocery benefit designed to reimburse families for meals lost due to COVID related disruptions to childcare and preschool. Families may qualify for benefits if they:

  • received SNAP between October 2020-May 2021;
  • have children aged five or younger; AND
  • live in a school district that operated on either a virtual or hybrid schedule during the months of October-May.

The amount in benefits your child will receive depends on the predominant learning model of the school district you live in. The possible amounts include:

  • Fully virtual: $136.40
  • Hybrid: $81.86
  • In Person: $0.

Benefits are going out to eligible families now. Eligible families will receive benefits on their existing SNAP card. If you received SNAP between the months of October and May but no longer do, and you need a new card, please call (888)979-9949 to request a new EBT card.

Summer EBT

Summer EBT is a grocery benefit designed to support students nutritionally during the summer months, when they do not have access to school meals. Families who have received Pandemic EBT benefits since October qualify for this one time deposit of $375 the week of August 23rd. This includes students who either receive free and reduced meals in school or attend a school district that participates in the Community Eligibility Provision, as well as all families eligible for the Pandemic EBT for Childcare benefits.

Students will receive Summer EBT benefits one of two ways:

  • If a member of the household is a SNAP participant, benefits will go onto the households existing EBT card. If you received SNAP between the months of October and May but no longer do, and you need a new card, please call (888)979-9949 to request a new EBT card.
  • If the student received P-EBT in the months of October through May, benefits will be loaded on the same card. If you lost or threw away your card, please call (888)979-9949 to request a new one.

If you have questions about P-EBT, please call the Cabinet’s Information Hub at 855-306-8959 and select the “Pandemic EBT” option.

Information for Participants

The Pandemic EBT card is white with black writing. It may appear in a non-descript envelope, so be sure to check your mail before throwing it away. You will use your student’s date of birth and the last four digits of their social security number to activate the card. If your child does not have a social security number, you will use the date of birth and zip code to activate the card.

The P-EBT card works like a debit card which can be used to purchase food anywhere EBT benefits are accepted. This includes both walmart.com and amazon.com. P-EBT benefits can be used to buy nearly any food for the household, including but not limited to:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, poultry, fish
  • Dairy products
  • Snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to use

Using P-EBT benefits does not impact your or your child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits.

Contact the Cabinet’s P-EBT Information hub at 855-306-8959 if you have any additional questions. Please do not call your local DCBS office or school, as they will not be able to assist you.


Information for Stakeholders

Feeding Kentucky, the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, and the Department for Community Based Services have worked together to create Pandemic EBT resources for stakeholders. These resources include FAQ’s, social media posts and graphics, sample communications with parents, and flyers for participants. All resources can be viewed here.