Pandemic-Electronic Balance Transfer (P-EBT) Information- Winter/Spring 2021
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program helps families purchase food for children whose access to free or reduced-priced meals at school has been impacted by COVID-19 because students are learning virtually, outside of brick-and-mortar schools. P-EBT is a collaboration between the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Instruction.
The P-EBT benefits will be provided through the current EBT system. EBT is an electronic system that replaced paper food stamp coupons with a card that is like debit card. Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT) provides a benefit on an EBT, or Electronic Benefits Transfer, card. The P-EBT card functions like a standard EBT card. The P-EBT card can be used to purchase food items at EBT authorized retailers, including most major grocery stores.
Families do not need to apply for P-EBT. Eligible families already receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits will receive an additional benefit on their existing EBT card. Eligible families who do not have an FNS or P-EBT card will be mailed a card.
For more information about P-EBT eligibility, about the program, who is eligible, and how families will receive the benefit, please visit www.ncdhhs.gov/PEBT.
If you have questions, please visit www.ncdhhs.gov/PEBT
Click here for a P-EBT FAQ.
Click here for more information from NCDHHS.
If you have had a reduction in your income recently or you are caring for additional family members, please consider applying for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits through Pitt County Schools. If you think you may now qualify, you can get the application from our PCS website, from school bus meal deliveries, from your school or at the PCS central office located at 1717 W. Fifth St. in Greenville. You can turn in your completed Free/Reduced Meal Application to a school bus delivering meals, to your school, to our central office or by mail. Once a child becomes Free/Reduced meal eligible, their information will be sent to the Department of Health and Human Services so P-EBT monetary benefits can be received.
Think you may qualify? Click for a Pitt County Schools application: