What is P-EBT?

P-EBT provides nutrition benefits to families who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to reduced school days or closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020-2021 School Year

Children who missed out on free or reduced-price school meals during the 2020-2021 school year due to hybrid or virtual learning models will begin receiving another round Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) in May, 2021. Montana’s P-EBT plan was approved by USDA at the beginning of April and the Montana Department of Public Human and Health Services issued a press release with details of their plan, including:

  • Who is eligible? 
    • Children who would be eligible for free or reduced-price meals; determined by direct certification, through an application for the Free and Reduced-Price School Meals program or enrollment in a Community Eligibility Provision school. AND
    • Missed meals at school due to hybrid or virtual learning models.
  • How much P-EBT benefits will families receive?
    • Children who attended school virtually for the entire school year will receive the full benefit amount, estimated to be $115.94 per month per eligible child.
    • Children who attended a school using a hybrid model will receive a prorated amount, $68.20, for each month (based on the average number of remote days from Montana’s 15 largest school districts).
  • How will benefits be distributed?
    • Households will receive an EBT card in the mail with the first round of benefits.
    • Benefits will be issued retroactively. (The first benefit amount will likely be for the months of  October, November and December of 2020, and January and February of 2021.)
  • When will benefits be distributed?
    • Households will begin receiving benefits at the end of May, 2021.
    • If you believe you have eligible children in your household and have not received benefits by June 11, email or call the Montana Department of Health and Human Services:
  • Where can P-EBT Benefits be spent?
    • Anywhere SNAP benefits can be spent, including grocery stores and many farmers markets. P-EBT Benefits even qualify for match funds through Double SNAP Dollars!

Read Montana’s full 2020-2021 P-EBT plan here

We will continue to update this page as Montana DPHHS implements their plan.

2019-2020 School Year

P-EBT benefits for the 2019-2020 school year were distributed during July and August of 2020.

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