Don’t Leave any Money on the Lunch Table!

COVID-19 has complicated the finances of many families across Kentucky. Pandemic EBT helps families whose children receive free or reduced lunch cover the extra cost of groceries for the days when school closed last spring due to the pandemic (March 13 through May 30, 2020). Participation in the free and reduced lunch program is the only requirement. If your child receives free and reduced lunch at school, then they are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits. Income is not a factor in eligibility. 

Eligible students and families are to receive money on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the school meals gap. Those who do not currently have an EBT card need to apply at If your benefits were not automatically added to an existing EBT card or if not all the children in your household received benefits, submit an application.

The benefits are $313.50/total per student, retroactive to when school initially closed. Families can receive P-EBT benefits even if they also received “grab and go” meals from schools and community organizations during the early months of the pandemic. 

The deadline to apply is August 31, 2020! Apply at:

Information for Participants

A 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 

Contact the P-EBT Information hub at 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.

How to Apply

Families currently receiving public assistance:  P-EBT benefits should have been added to existing EBT cards beginning May 22, 2020. 

Families not already receiving public assistance: Other eligible households must complete a simple application at Once approved for P-EBT, these households will receive a card within 10 business days with activation and card use instructions. Approved households may call toll free (888) 979-9949 for assistance activating their cards and for more information. 

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.