School Year (SY) 2019–20 P-EBT Plan Amendment

The USDA has approved an amendment to the California state plan for P-EBT benefits issued during the 2019–20 SY. This amendment allows the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to issue P-EBT cards to children who were Free and Reduced-Price meal eligible, but who did not submit an online application for P-EBT benefits during the Spring of 2020. The CDSS and California Department of Education (CDE) have identified 514,140 children who will receive a P-EBT card for SY 2019–20 based on the approval of this plan amendment. Families with questions on 2019−20 benefits should call the P-EBT Helpline referenced below. The Helpline is open Monday through Friday, from 6 am to 8 pm.

Summer P-EBT

On April 26, 2021, the USDA also announced the availability of P-EBT benefits for Summer 2021. Under this program extension, P-EBT benefits will be available to all children previously determined eligible for P-EBT during the 2020–21 SY. Implementation of Summer P-EBT requires that state agencies have an approved SY 2020–21 P-EBT plan. The CDSS and CDE will submit an amendment for Summer P-EBT benefits once the SY 2020–21 plan has been approved.


P-EBT Cardholder Support

Families that have already received a P-EBT card and need assistance with PIN set up, need to request a replacement card, or did not receive their card in the mail as expected, may contact the P-EBT Helpline at (877) 328-9677 office for help.

The P-EBT Helpline can only help families that expected to receive a card in the mail or already received a P-EBT card. The P-EBT Helpline cannot assist with P-EBT eligibility issues or issue P-EBT benefits. Thank you.

Please Note: When you receive your P-EBT card DO NOT DISCARD because funds will be added to the card.

IMPORTANT: Children who are newly eligible for free or reduced-price school meals for the 2020-21 school year are not eligible for P-EBT extension benefits and will be served under the second P-EBT program. 

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“P-EBT is a program by CDSS and CDE, funded by the USDA, an equal opportunity employer”