Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) program that provides food assistance benefits to children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to changes in instruction schedules and school closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, as amended by the Continuing Appropriation Act of 2021 and Other Extensions Act, extended and expanded the P-EBT program through the school year 2020-2021. The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Iowa Department of Education (Department) are collaboratively administering this program in Iowa.
- P-EBT Webinar Q&A for Schools - Provides responses from the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) school webinar held on March 5, 2021. Note: Answers are subject to change pending U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval of Iowa’s P-EBT plan.
Schools with additional P-EBT questions, contact your regional school nutrition consultant or state SRI contact.