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Food Benefits

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Oregon Pandemic EBT​

Updated May 8, 2023​

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P-EBT benefits are arriving now. Eligible children will get their P-EBT card in the mail between April and May.

If you were mailed a notice about receiving a P-EBT card in error and have questions, please contact the P-EBT Call Center.

The P-EBT Call Center is available at (844) ORE-PEBT or (844) 673-7328, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.​ Pacific Time

​​About P-EBT

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT is money for children whose access to adequate and quality food may have been impacted by COVID-19.​ P-EBT is a program in partnership with the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

FAQ for Families (pdf)

​How children qualify for P-EBT​​​

​​​​​There is no application. Children are eligible for P-EBT if they:
  • Were eligible to receive free or reduced-price National School Lunch Program meals during school year 2021-2022 or attended a Community Eligible Provision school​.
  • P-EBT is also available to all children under the age of 6 who were enrolled in SNAP during the summer 2022 months.

Only school children who were eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals during the 2021-2022 school year or children who are under the age of 6 and received SNAP from June - August 2022 are eligible for Summer 2022 benefits. Please contact the P-EBT Call Center at (844) ORE-PEBT or (844) 673-7328 to confirm your child’s eligibility status.​

​​No. To be eligible for P-EBT, children must have been eligible to receive free or reduced-price National School Lunch Program meals during school year 2021-2022 or attended a Community Eligible Provision school. Online (virtual) schools or academies are not eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.

​Eligibile children will get two pieces of mail addressed to them: a P-EBT letter and an envelope with their P-EBT card. Each eligible child in the household will receive their own letter and their own P-EBT card.

How families receive P-EBT​

All eligible children will get a new EBT card in the mail, whether they are new to P-EBT or have received P-EBT benefits in the past. Each child within the household who is eligible to receive P-EBT benefits will receive their own letter in the mail before receiving their benefits.

If a child is receiving SNAP, P-EBT benefits will not be issued onto the EBT card (also called Oregon Trail card) associated with the SNAP case. The household will receive a separate P-EBT card in the mail.

For example:

  • If there are four eligible children in one household, the household will receive four separate letters and four P-EBT cards (one letter and one EBT card addressed to each child). 

How much P-EBT families receive and when​

E​ach eligible child will receive $391 on a P-EBT card, which is like a debit card. All students identified as eligible for P-EBT benefits will receive the same benefit amount. 

​ODHS will initiate the process to get Summer 2022 P-EBT benefits in the last week of March. Most eligible children will receive a letter addressed to them in the mail, followed by the arrival of their individual P-EBT card between late March and the end of May. Households will receive the full P-EBT benefit their children qualify for in a single issuance.​

​P-EBT benefits received in 2023 expire after nine months. If you have not used your card at all. To keep benefits from being removed, please use your P-EBT benefits regularly to purchase food.​

More information

Currently, no additional P-EBT benefits are available past Summer 2022. Future extensions are based on the ongoing need due to the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration.

  • ​​​For FAQs and program status updates, please bookmark​ and check back regularly.
  • General inquiries, eligibility status, and program questions can be directed to the P-EBT Call Center
    • Phone: (844) ORE-PEBT or (844) 673-7328
    • Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific Time

​​​​​​SNAP Program
If you wish, you can apply for Oregon SNAP benefits online or by calling the ONE Customer Service Center at 800-699-9075. You can also visit any local ODHS office.

Oregon Food Bank
Phone: 503-282-0555

211 info
Phone: 866-698-6155
Text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211)

Oregon Department of Human Services
Oregon Department of Education