If your child was getting free or reduced-price school meals during the 2019-2020 school year, you may be eligible for food benefits of up to $330 per child.

What is P-EBT?

Nov. 17, 2020: The USDA has provided guidance to states for issuing P-EBT benefits for the 2020-2021 school year. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is working on their plan. This website will be updated once that plan has been approved.

P-EBT provides nutrition benefits to families who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the 2019-2020 school year, because of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Children ages 5 to 18 who were enrolled in free or reduced-price school meals as of March 18, 2020 will likely qualify for this food benefit. Montana P-EBT benefits will be issued through the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). P-EBT benefits are available to all eligible families and are not considered in a public charge test.

Families will receive a one time payment of approximately $330 per eligible student on a new or existing Montana EBT card. Using a Montana EBT card works just like a debit card, and P-EBT benefits can be used to purchase food items anywhere EBT benefits are accepted, including many farmers markets.

How to Participate

DPHHS is enrolling most eligible families automatically throughout July and August. Most families receiving SNAP will get their P-EBT benefits added to their existing Montana EBT card. Non-SNAP families will be mailed an EBT card with their P-EBT benefits.

DPHHS is issuing the P-EBT benefits in a staggered fashion. If you think your household qualifies and you do not receive your benefits by August 31, 2020, you can apply using the P-EBT Application button below. Application closed at 5:00 pm MST on September 21, 2020.

For further questions, contact Montana DPHHS at 1-888-706-1535 or send an email to [email protected].

The Montana DPHHS P-EBT press release can be found on the DPHHS website.

P-EBT at Farmers Market PDF

Outreach Materials

The materials below are provided for organizations that wish to provide their clients with more information regarding P-EBT.

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