The third round of the Pandemic EBT Stimulus is happening now!

Pandemic EBT, administered by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, helps families whose children receive free or reduced meals at school cover the extra cost of groceries for the days when school went virtual this school year October 2020-June 2021. Pandemic EBT is for Kentucky student’s who are either enrolled in the free and reduced meals program or attend a CEP school and who:

  • attended school virtually.
  • attended school both virtually and in person.

Students will receive the benefits one of three ways:

  • If a member of the household is a SNAP participant, benefits will go on the households existing EBT card.
  • If the student is newly enrolled in school and not a SNAP participant, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services will mail an EBT card to the address on file with the student’s school. If this address is incorrect, please contact the Cabinet for Health and Family Services at (855)306-8959.
  • If the student received P-EBT in the months of August and September, 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 discreet 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 and P-EBT benefits can be used to buy the 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 you 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.