*24/7 access to DSS: You can apply for & renew services online through our ConneCT portal (www.connect.ct.gov) without visiting a Field Office or calling our Benefits Center. Get case/benefit status, view notices, report changes, download budget sheets, upload & send documents -- & much more!

*Check out MyDSS--our new mobile-friendly app! Access your DSS account anywhere, anytime, on any device (www.ct.gov/mydss)

*Our 24/7 Client Information Line gives you access to many service & eligibility needs (1-855-626-6632).

*DSS Field Offices and staffed Benefits Center (also 1-855-626-6632) are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Wednesday). www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Eligibility

Are your Children Eligible?

P-EBT eligibility is based on:

  1. The child’s enrollment in a school that participates in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP),
  2. The school was closed or operating with reduced hours for at least 5 consecutive days during the 2020 – 2021 school year due to COVID-19, and
  3. The child was learning remotely for part or all of the 2020 – 2021 school year. 

Most CT schools are offering meals at no cost to all students for the 2020-21 school year, due to the public health emergency. However, P-EBT eligibility is determined using: A school meals application approved for free or reduced-priced meals on file with the student's school; Direct certification for free or reduced-priced school meals through receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Family Assistance (TFA), or Husky A (< 185% FPL) with DSS; Direct certification for free school meals through determination as foster, homeless, runaway, and some Head Start; or, Enrollment in a school participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

Helpful Hints:

  • There are other federal nutrition programs that a child may receive breakfast and lunch through, such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) or privately funded breakfast and lunch meals served at school; however, the P-EBT eligibility is strictly tied to the loss of access to the USDA’s NSLP and SBP.
  • Many Pre-K, Head Start, and childcare programs provide breakfast and lunch through CACFP – even those programs that may be located within a school building that is providing NSLP and SBP to full day and/or older children. The loss of access to meals through CACFP does not confer eligibility for P-EBT. 
  • If your child did not begin learning remotely until February 2021 or later, they will not be included in the first deposit of P-EBT benefits. See question 2 below for additional details.

Will everyone who received P-EBT benefits in the summer for the 2019 – 2020 school year also receive benefits this year?

No. The following groups are no longer eligible for P-EBT benefits: 

  • Students who are no longer eligible for free or reduced-priced school meals.
  • Students who received P-EBT benefits in the summer of 2020 but have since graduated from High School.
  • Students who received P-EBT benefits in the summer of 2020 but have since moved out of the state and are not attending a school in Connecticut.
  • Students who are learning in person at their school for the entire school year.

Please Review this graphic to determine if your child is eligible for P-EBT Benefits

P-EBT Process Flow

How Much Will My Child Receive?

There are currently two scheduled deposits for P-EBT benefits. The first deposit of P-EBT benefits covers the months of September 2020-January 2021.  The next deposit of P-EBT benefits is expected at the end of the school year, covering the months of February 2021 onward.  Benefits may differ from student to student and depend on the learning model the child was in each month.

Monthly Benefits are broken into 3 categories based on attendance data and may change as the state reviews the learning models of students statewide:

Fully Remote: $122.76

  • Students who attended school remotely for the entire month.

Mostly Remote: $88.66

  • Students who attended school remotely for more than half the month, but not for the entire month.

Hybrid: $34.10

  • Students who attended school remotely for up to half the month

Follow this link for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.