Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

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Please tell us if you need assistance with this site or the P-EBT Parent Portal because you have a disability or don’t speak English. Free assistance is available via our P-EBT Hotline at 833-419-3210 and/or the TTY number at 711.  You will reach an operator who can provide you with an interpreter.

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Si necesita ayuda con este sitio o el Portal de P-EBT para padres debido a que tiene una discapacidad o no habla inglés, no dude en informárnoslo. Tenemos asistencia gratuita disponible a través de nuestra línea de P-EBT al 833-419-3210 y/o el número de TTY marcando el 711.  Le atenderá un operador que le podrá proporcionar un intérprete.

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Fadlan noo sheeg haddii boggan ama Barta Waalidka ee P-EBT aad uga baahan tahay wax caawinaad sababta oo ah haddii aad tahay qof naafo ah ama aadan ku hadlin af Ingiriis. Kaalmo bilaash ah ayaa laga heli karaa khadkeena P-EBT ee 833-419-3210 iyo/ama lambarka TTY ee 711.  Waxaa lagugu xiri doonaa shaqaalaha howl-wadeenka oo kugu xiri kara turjumaan.

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What is P-EBT?

Short for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, P-EBT is a federally funded COVID-19 relief program made possible through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Using P-EBT cards the program provides nutritional assistance to National School Lunch Program participants and qualifying families to replace school meals missed due to COVID-19 related events.

The P-EBT Program has Ended

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency ended on May 11, 2023. As a result, the P-EBT Program will not be issuing further P-EBT benefits as the program has ended.

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) has distributed P-EBT benefit payments to eligible children for the School Year 2022-2023, Summer 2023, and Administrative Review 2023 on existing P-EBT cards or new P-EBT cards. Parents are encouraged to utilize their benefits within 274 days from the benefit issuance date.

To check the balance of P-EBT benefits, parents can visit www.connectebt.com or call 1-888-997-9444 (the number on the back of your card).

Parents can visit the P-EBT Parent Portal (https://onedhs.tn.gov/parent) to check past distribution dates of their benefits. The P-EBT Parent Portal will close and no longer be accessible after March 29, 2024.


Past P-EBT Eligibility in Tennessee

Since its 2020 inception, multiple “rounds” of P-EBT supported Tennesseans in need.  Over time, eligibility for each round of P-EBT adjusted to better meet the challenges of families affected by the pandemic. 

Review the information below regarding previous rounds of P-EBT.

Who Could Receive P-EBT in Tennessee?

P-EBT eligibility was based on two primary points:

  1. A child’s qualification for free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Program. This includes any student in a school that provided free meals to all students (under a special rule called "Community Eligibility Provision, Provision 2 and 3 schools"). 
  2. If the child missed free or reduced-priced meals at school because the school closed for in-person learning or operated with reduced attendance or hours for at least 5 consecutive days in the current school year.

Who Decided If a Child/Student was Eligible for P-EBT?
Each Tennessee school/school district provided TDHS and TDOE with a list of students that are eligible to receive P-EBT. If you are unsure if your child received free or reduced-priced meals at school, or if your child attends a Community Eligibility Provision, Provision 2 or 3 school, contact your school for more details.


Past P-EBT Information

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Summer 2023 P-EBT 

Eligible K-12 students who attended school in person received P-EBT benefits for the Summer 2023 if:

Children are automatically enrolled in Summer P-EBT according to records provided by Tennessee schools. No application is required.

Eligible children received a one-time distribution of $120 in Summer P-EBT benefits beginning June 16, 2023. For more information, visit: https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/p-ebt/school-year-22-23-p-ebt-faq.html.

Remaining School Year 2022-2023 P-EBT 

Eligible K-12 students who attended school in person received P-EBT for school meals missed between between March 2023 and May 11, 2023, of the 2022-23 school year on June 16, 2023.  Benefits for this time period were available to children who:

Children were automatically enrolled in P-EBT for the 2022-2023 school year according to records provided by Tennessee schools regarding excused absences and closures related to COVID-19. No application is required.

Eligible children received approximately $8.18 per each COVID-19 related excused absence day. The total amount of P-EBT benefits varied for each eligible child.

Benefits for the August 2022 through February 2023 time period were distributed on April 21, 2023. 

2022-2023 P-EBT for Homeschool/Virtual Students

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS), in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education (DOE)  distributed a one-time payment to home school and virtual school students who were eligible for P-EBT benefits.

Home school and virtual school parents must  have created a OneDHS account (https://onedhs.tn.gov/csp) and then access the P-EBT Parent Portal to register for benefits (https://onedhs.tn.gov/parent). P-EBT registration for home school/virtual students was  available from April 21, 2023 through May 5, 2023, and home school/virtual students must have met the following criteria to receive a benefit:

  • Eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals for the 22-23 school year.
  • Transferred from or did not attend in-person school on or after January 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Would have attended a NSLP-participating institution if not for COVID-19.

Students who never enrolled in in-person schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic were also eligible if the Tennessee Department of Education (DOE) can verify their home school or virtual school information from their district of origin. For more information visit: https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/p-ebt/2022-2023-home-school-virtual-school-pebt-faq.html

2022-2023 Child Care P-EBT (For SNAP Households)

The Child Care P-EBT program provides financial assistance to cover meals for children ages 6 and under, living within households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and may have missed meals due to child care interruptions caused by COVID-19. To have been eligible for Child Care P-EBT children must:

  • Be 6 years old or under, and
  • Live in a household receiving SNAP food assistance benefits

Child Care P-EBT benefits were issued in one lump sum payment in July 2023 on the household’s existing SNAP EBT card. The amount of Child Care P-EBT benefits varied for each eligible child and household based on the child’s age and number of months over the August 2022 to May 2023 timeframe in which the family received SNAP benefits.

Summer 2022 P-EBT Program

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service approved the continuation of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program for Summer 2022. The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS)  distributed a one-time lump sum payment of $391 to all students who were eligible for P-EBT benefits during the 2021-22 school year and through July 31, 2022. Parents were able see their Summer P-EBT benefit reflected on the P-EBT Parent Portal (https://onedhs.tn.gov/parent) on September 29, 2022.  

Summer P-EBT is an extension of the P-EBT program for school aged children and children under 6 in a SNAP participating household as of July 31, 2022.

Summer 2022 P-EBT Benefits were Available to:

Any student who received free or reduced-price meals in the 21-22 school year through one of the following was eligible for Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits:

  • National School Lunch Program, income application or direct certification,
  • Enrollment in a Community Eligibility Provision school, or
  • Enrollment in a school operating under Provision 2 or 3.

School-aged children determined eligible by July 31, 2022 were issued Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits.

Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits were also be issued to children under 6 that lived in a household that received SNAP food assistance benefits as of July 31, 2022.

For more information on the Summer 2022 P-EBT Program, and answers to frequently asked questions, visit: https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/p-ebt/summer-2022-p-ebt-faq.html

Summer Child Care P-EBT (For SNAP Households)

The Summer Child Care P-EBT program provides financial assistance to cover meals for children under 6, living within households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and may have missed meals due to Child Care interruptions caused by COVID-19 as of July 31, 2022. To be eligible for Summer Child Care P-EBT children must:

  • Be under age 6, and
  • Live in a household currently receiving SNAP food assistance benefits

Summer Child Care P-EBT benefits were issued in one lump sum payment of $391 per each eligible child on September 23, 2022 on the household’s existing SNAP EBT card. 

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School Year 2021-2022 P-EBT

2021-2022 P-EBT Eligibility

To qualify for the School Year 2021-2022 P-EBT, a child must qualify for the National School Lunch Program and the school experienced a closure or reduction of hours of 5 consecutive days. Children that attend a Community Eligibility Program, Provision 2 or 3 school may also be eligible. Students also must have had a COVID-19 related absence reported to their school.

P-EBT for the 2021-2022 School Year was available to:

Children that received free or reduced-price meals through one the following:

  • National School Lunch Program, income application or direct certification
  • Enrollment in a Community Eligibility Provision school,
  • Enrollment in a school operating under Provision 2 or 3, and
  • their school experienced a closure or reduction of hours of 5 consecutive days.

Although the basic eligibility factors have not changed much from Summer P-EBT (2021), on a local level, some schools may have changed their administrative and COVID-19 closure protocols. TDHS and TDOE have worked to determine which children are eligible for the benefit and exactly how to ensure benefits are accurately distributed. 

Qualifying children were automatically enrolled in 2021-2022 School Year P-EBT according to records provided by Tennessee schools. No application was required.

Important Note: If your child has received an EBT card previously, please keep the card.

For more information, and answers to frequently asked questions visit: https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/p-ebt/school-year-21-22-p-ebt-faq.html

P-EBT Appeals Process: If you believe your child may have been eligible for P-EBT in the 21-22 School Year, but did not receive benefits, you may be able to appeal. Visit the P-EBT Appeals Process page at https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/p-ebt/p-ebt-appeals-process.html for more information and instructions.

(For SNAP Households)

The Child Care P-EBT program provides financial assistance to cover meals for children ages 6 and under, living within households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and may have missed meals due to Child Care interruptions caused by COVID-19. To be eligible for Child Care P-EBT children must:

  • Be 6 years old or under, and
  • Live in a household currently receiving SNAP food assistance benefits

Child Care P-EBT benefits were issued in one lump sum payment on July 28, 2022 on the household’s existing SNAP EBT card. The amount of Child Care P-EBT benefits varied for each eligible child and household based on the child’s age and number of months over the August 2021 to May 2022 timeframe in which the family received SNAP benefits.

Retroactive P-EBT

The Tennessee Department of Human Services and Tennessee Department of Education made every effort to ensure all qualifying children from previous timeframes/rounds (2020-2021 school year) of P-EBT were provided benefits. In March 2022, eligible children that did not receive assistance through Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program for the 2020-2021 school year received a retroactive benefit payment.  This included any newly income eligible households during that time. Those households were provided Retroactive P-EBT benefits based on the eligibility criteria of each qualifying month. Each qualifying child received P-EBT benefits for the amount owed on an EBT card. If the child already has an active P-EBT card, benefits were added to that card. If a new P-EBT card is needed please visit www.connectebt.com or call 1 (888) 997-9444. If the child had not received P-EBT before, a new EBT card was mailed to their home. The amount of P-EBT benefits varied for each eligible child.

In general, eligibility for retroactive P-EBT was based on:

  • The child qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals, and
  • The child must not have attended in-person learning for a timeframe indicated in each round of P-EBT. (See specific qualifying details for each round below).

Parents may check the status of their child’s eligibility using the P-EBT Parent Portal at https://tdhs.service-now.com/relief.

TDHS has also launched a SMS text conversation program to help individuals navigate the P-EBT benefits process, receive timely updates and reminders for their P-EBT benefits. To learn more about signing up for the text message service visit the P-EBT Parent Portal at https://tdhs.service-now.com/relief.

If a new P-EBT card is needed please visit www.connectebt.com or call 1 (888) 997-9444.

Retroactive P-EBT benefits will be deposited in March 2022.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

Summer P-EBT was available to two groups:

  • School-aged children who qualified for the National School Lunch Program as of the last day of July. Beginning August 6, 2021, eligible school-aged children will receive a single disbursement of $375 in food benefits on their existing P-EBT card. Children who qualified for Summer P-EBT in June or July will receive their deposit by the end of September 2021. Unlike previous rounds of P-EBT, Summer P-EBT is available to students who were enrolled in virtual or in-person learning.
  • Children under the age of 6 whose family received benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in June and/or July. Eligible children under 6 who qualify through their family’s SNAP participation will receive a disbursement of $375 on their regular SNAP EBT card later this month.   

Application Process:  Qualifying children were automatically enrolled in 2021-2022 P-EBT according to records provided by Tennessee schools. No application required.

Round 3 of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) provided financial assistance to replace school meals that were missed beginning in October 2020 due to school closures, virtual learning, or hybrid school schedules. Qualifying children were mailed a P-EBT card to buy food at local and online retailers that accept EBT cards. Unlike previous rounds of P-EBT, these cards were reloaded with P-EBT benefits each month the USDA continued the program.

P-EBT Round 3 Eligibility

P-EBT Round 3 was opened to students that:

  • Receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch

Program (or) Attend a Community Eligibility Provision school.

  • Missed school meals because the school was closed or operated at reduced attendance for at least 5 consecutive days in the 2020-2021 school year.

The amount each student receives varied based on their learning schedule.

Application Procedure: Qualifying children were automatically enrolled in 2021-2022 P-EBT according to records provided by Tennessee schools. No application required.

Starting in March 2021, new P-EBT Cards were mailed directly to students that qualified according to information provided by Tennessee Schools.

P-EBT Round 2 benefits were sent to the homes of children that qualified in October 2020. If you believe your child qualified for P-EBT Round 2, but did not receive a P-EBT card, you may still be able to take action by filing an appeal.

P-EBT Round 2 Eligibility

Children were eligible for P-EBT Round 2 benefits if:

  • The child must not have attended in-person learning for a least 5 consecutive days.
  • The child was eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, or attended a Community Eligibility Provision school

For children that qualified for P-EBT, but did not regularly receive SNAP benefits, P-EBT cards were sent to their homes after the parent applied for the benefit, or to the school the child last attended for pick-up. Any cards that were not picked up at the child’s school were sent back to TDHS. 

Children were eligible for P-EBT Round 1 benefits if:

  • Their school closed due to coronavirus (COVID 19); and
  • They are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals

P-EBT Round 1 benefits were sent to existing SNAP recipients on their EBT cards. If you believe your child qualified for P-EBT Round 1, but did not receive a P-EBT card, you may still be able to take action by filing an appeal. 

How to Find P-EBT Eligibility Status, Benefits, and Help

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Parents can Click Here to check eligibility for available P-EBT and verify their mailing address on the P-EBT Parent Portal.

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