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.

Summer 2021

  • Who is eligible for Summer P-EBT?
    • Children who received free or reduced-price school meals (determined by direct certification, through an application for Free and Reduced-Price School meals program or enrollment in a Community Eligibility Provision school) AND
    • Were enrolled in school as of the last month of the 2020-2021 school year
  • Who is NOT eligible for Summer P-EBT?
    • Any student who dropped out or graduated early (were not enrolled in the last month of the 2020-2021 school year) is not eligible.
    • Children who are newly entering kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year are not eligible – but may be eligible for the Children Under 6 plan (see below)
  • How much Summer P-EBT benefits will families receive?
    • Families who are determined to have eligible children will receive $375 per child for the entire summer
  • How will benefits be distributed?
    • Families that receive SNAP benefits currently, will have Summer P-EBT benefits added to their existing SNAP EBT card.
    • Families that do not receive current SNAP benefits will receive a Summer PEBT card in the mail.
  • When will benefits be distributed?
    • Households determined to be eligible before July 26, 2021 will receive their Summer P-EBT benefits in August, 2021.
    • Households determined to be eligible after July 26, 2021 that have applied for the NSLP before the end of August and are approved, will receive retroactive Summer P-EBT benefits in September, 2021.

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:

School Age Children

  • 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.
      • Benefits for March through June of 2021 will likely be issued in July and August 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!

Children Under 6

Montana’s P-EBT plan for children under 6 years old was approved on June 16, 2021.

  • Children under 6 years old are eligible for P-EBT if:
    • They were enrolled in SNAP during regular school months AND
    • Reside in a county (or contiguous county) that has at least one school operating as remote or hybrid; OR attended a child care facility that had a 25% or more reduction in capacity
      • Fully remote counties will receive the full amount of $115/month
      • Hybrid counties will receive a prorated amount of $68/month
  • Households with eligible children will begin receiving P-EBT benefits on their SNAP EBT card in July for October 2020 through June 2021
    • For SNAP cases that have been closed prior to issuance, the old SNAP EBT card will be used. If you need a new card, contact Montana DPHHS at 1-888-706-1535 or [email protected]

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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