UPDATE: Online application for the P-EBT ends Wednesday, but you can still apply by phone or email

Although the online P-EBT application is closed for the 2020-21 school year, officials say parents can still apply by phone or email. (File photo by Adam Carr)

Parents can apply online to receive Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, credits through Wednesday, August 18. After that, they will need to apply by phone or email.

To apply after Wednesday, call 1-833-431-2224 or email [email protected]

To apply, parents will need to provide biographical information for themselves and eligible children and confirm their address and the name and city of the child’s school. It is not necessary to provide a social security number.

School P-EBT, one of three different types of P-EBT, can be used as FoodShare to purchase groceries. It is available to parents whose children did not receive school meals during the 2020-21 school year because they were learning at home.

You are eligible to receive $6.82 in school P-EBT per day your child learned remotely during the last school year if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • Your child’s school participates in the National School Lunch Program. A list of schools participating in the program is here.
  • You are entitled to free or reduced-price meals.
  • Your child has spent at least one day in virtual learning during the 2020-’21 school year. The amount you receive and when you receive it will be based on when your child was learning remotely.

The other types of P-EBT school. Pre-6 P-EBT, which is for parents of children age 6 or younger as of October 1, 2020 and not enrolled in a school participating in the National School Lunch Program, and Summer P-EBT, which covers $375 in meals for parents who have received pre-6 or school P-EBT.

Parents may be eligible for more than one P-EBT program, depending on their child’s age, how often that child learned remotely, or how often most children in their area learned remotely.

If you received summer meals from a food pantry or food service program, such as MPS’s “Stop, Grab and Go” program, you may still be eligible to receive P-EBT.

You can learn more about the three P-EBT programs and their eligibility requirements here.

Benefits will be loaded onto the recipients active QUEST card if they have one. If they do not have an active QUEST card, they will receive benefits on a P-EBT card in the mail once they are approved.

If you have questions about your eligibility or if you did not receive benefits even though you think you qualify, call 1-833-431-2224 or email [email protected].

Plus, we’re here to help. Text “MKE” to 73224 and select “talk to a reporter”.

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