P-EBT is a federal program. The Department of Social Services (DSS), in collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), received approval to operate this program in response to the COVID-19 related school closures for the 2019 – 2021 school year and has recently received approval to operate this program for 2020 – 2021 school year. P-EBT provides food supports to help families with children who were receiving free and reduced-price school meals pay for food.
How do I know if my child qualifies for P-EBT?
A child is eligible for P-EBT benefits if three conditions are met:
- The child was eligible to receive free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program*
- The child does not receive free or reduced price meals at school because the school is closed or operating with reduced attendance or hours for at last 5 consecutive days in the current school year.
- The child was learning remotely for part or all of the 2020 – 2021 school year.
You do not have to apply for P-EBT benefits. DSS and CT Dept. of Education (CSDE) will use attendance information provided by your child’s school to determine if the are eligible for P-EBT.
*For more information about who is eligible for P-EBT benefits, follow this link.
How will I get the P-EBT benefits?
- IF YOUR CHILD GETS SNAP AND/OR TFA on an EBT card: P-EBT benefits will be added to the SNAP/TFA EBT card in mid-April. Check your balance at www.ct.gov/dss/ebt or call 1-888-328-2666.
- IF YOUR CHILD GETS TFA benefits via check or direct deposit or gets HUSKY A (< 185% FPL): P-EBT benefits will be sent on an EBT card in the TFA / HUSKY A head of household’s name to the address on file with DSS in mid-April.
- IF YOU DO NOT GET SNAP, TFA, or HUSKY A: P-EBT benefits will be sent on an EBT card in the child’s name to the address on file with the child’s school in mid-April.