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Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Information for Families


Posted Date: 09/21/2021

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a program that helps children who would have received free or reduced-price meals at school if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who qualify will receive a debit card preloaded with funds that can be used for groceries. All benefits should be disbursed by mid-October.

For the 2020-21 school year, schoolchildren must meet two important eligibility requirements:

  • Children must have been enrolled in a school district that participates in a federal meal program where meals are served at a school, and
  • Children must qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income and have turned in the free or reduced-priced meals application to school for 2020-21, OR be enrolled in a school that participated in the Community Eligible Provision, Provision 2 or Provision 3 federal program in 2020-21.

There is no application process for these benefits. Families will receive benefits automatically if their school has identified to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) that a student qualifies.

To learn more about eligibility requirements, what role your school plays in the program, and other details about P-EBT, OSDE developed a set of Frequently Asked Questions.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/2076/p-ebt_faqs_for_families_v2.pdf