Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)
What are P-EBT or Pandemic EBT benefits?
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act allows children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school to
receive extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. The benefits are designed to
help cover costs associated with days children would have been in school; therefore, the benefits help families in
Tennessee buy food when school is closed. P-EBT benefits are additional benefits that do not replace any child nutrition
program meals being offered. Children may continue to receive "grab n go" meals or emergency food at COVID-19
emergency feeding sites offered by schools and community locations, even if they receive P-EBT benefits.
Who is eligible for P-EBT benefits?
Children are eligible for P-EBT benefits if:
• Their school closed due to coronavirus (COVID 19); and
• They are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals
• All students in attendance of a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school/district.
How much in P-EBT benefits will participants receive?
The program will provide $5.70 per child per each day the child qualifies for P-EBT. Qualifying families will receive P-EBT
support in two installments, one for meals in March and April initially, and then one additional disbursement later next
month for May meals.
What can P-EBT benefits buy and how do you use P-EBT benefits?
P-EBT benefits can buy food at most grocery stores, farmer's markets and online at Amazon and Walmart.
Use your P-EBT card like a debit card:
• Select "EBT”
• Swipe the card
• Enter your private four-digit PIN number
How to apply for P-EBT
Parents who already receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families (TANF) benefits currently, do not need to apply. The funds began arriving on the EBT card they already use
beginning Friday, June 12.
Parents who do not receive SNAP benefits, but whose children do qualify for free or reduced school meals, will need to
apply for P-EBT online at https://tdhs.service-now.com beginning Monday, June 15. The application period will end
June 29, 2020.
Individuals who need assistance completing their P-EBT application or have general questions about the program are
encouraged to call the Tennessee Department of Human Services hotline at 1-833-496-0661 and select option 3. Learn
more about the Tennessee Department of Human Services at www.tn.gov/humanservices.