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Get Help Buying Groceries While Schools Are Closed

Receive Food Assistance Through P-EBT 

Because COVID-19 closed our schools, your children may be eligible for food assistance, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program.  

P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for thebasket of groceries cost of meals while schools are closed. This benefit is for Washington children in grades k-12 who receive free or reduced-price school meals. These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries.  

You do not need to apply if your family receives Basic Food through DSHS and your children receive free or reduced-price school meals.  

You will automatically receive these one-time benefits on your EBT card.  

You need to apply if your children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals but do not receive Basic Food benefits.   

If your family has lost income since schools closed, you may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. You can find out if you are eligible by applying at Meal App Now. You must apply before Friday, June 26. 

Every eligible child may receive up to a maximum of $399 of P-EBT. Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT. Children are allowed to get free meals from school and community sites and get P-EBT at the same time – they are separate programs.  

If your family does not receive free and reduced-price meals, you must apply for P-EBT if you want to receive the funds. 

The application will be open by June 30. There are two ways to apply:  

Got questions? The Frequently Asked Questions document can help answer questions.