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Updated August 31, 2023
P-EBT food benefits are here for eligible schoolchildren!
Questions or replacement cards:Call the P-EBT Call Center at 844-ORE-PEBT (844-673-7328) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time.
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
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).
Children eligible for P-EBT food benefits include children who, in the 2022-23 instructional year, were enrolled in May of 2023 in a school that participates in the National School Lunch (NSLP) program, and:
Note: SNAP children under 6 years old are not eligible for Summer 2023 P-EBT food benefits unless they are also enrolled in an NSLP school.
Not all children eligible for P-EBT in the past will be eligible for Summer 2023 P-EBT food benefits.
Children are only eligible for Summer 2023 P-EBT food benefits if they were enrolled in a school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) as of May 2023, and eligible for federal free or reduced-price meals or attended a school approved for CEP or Provision 2 for both meals (breakfast and lunch).
Note: Families who apply for free or reduced-price meals through their school by Aug. 31, 2023, may be eligible for Summer 2023 P-EBT.
Eligible children will receive a letter addressed to them in the mail in early September notifying approval of P-EBT food benefits.
No. To be eligible for P-EBT, children must have been eligible to receive free or reduced-price National School Lunch Program (NSLP) meals in May of 2023 or attended a Community Eligible Provision (CEP) school. Online (virtual) schools or academies are not eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.
No. P-EBT is available only to children enrolled in and receiving education services in a school and who would be eligible for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
If your child is eligible and received P-EBT in Summer 2022, their benefits will be loaded onto their existing P-EBT card. If you have lost or disposed of the card, please contact the P-EBT Call Center at 844-ORE-PEBT to get a new card.
Eligible children who have not received P-EBT in the past will get a letter in the mail sharing they are eligible, and a separate envelope will be mailed with a new P-EBT card.
If a child receives SNAP, P-EBT benefits
will not be issued onto the EBT card (also called Oregon Trail card). The benefits will be loaded onto an existing P-EBT card from Summer 2022, or the child will receive a new P-EBT card in the mail.
ODHS will start issuing Summer 2023 P-EBT benefits on Aug. 31, 2023.
Eligible children who received benefits from the last issuance will receive benefits before they get their letter of eligibility.
Newly eligible children will receive a letter addressed to them in the mail, followed by the arrival of their benefits on a P-EBT card within two to four weeks.
Households will receive the full P-EBT benefit their children qualify for in a single issuance.
SNAP ProgramYou can apply for 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 BankWebsite: oregonfoodbank.orgPhone: 503-282-0555
211 infoWebsite: 211info.orgPhone: 866-698-6155Text your zip code to 898211 (TXT211)
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)Website: SFSP
Need Food?Website: needfood.oregon.gov
Yes, P-EBT benefits supplement meals offered in the summer at sites like schools and parks. They do not replace them.
To find free meals in your community text "Food" or "Comida" to
304-304. You will be prompted to enter an address and will be texted back a list of sites near you. You can also visit summerfoodoregon.org.
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