Center for Healthy Communities


P-EBT (or Pandemic EBT)(opens in new window) is a nutrition assistance program for eligible children who have lost access to food due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With schools adopting a virtual or hybrid model for instruction during the 2020-2021 school year, families had to provide meals that would normally be provided by the child's school. That’s where P-EBT comes in to help lessen the impact of that financial burden on these families.

No application is needed for P-EBT benefits. The P-EBT cards are automatically mailed to the eligible children. P-EBT benefits can be used at grocery stores, farmers' markets, and other places where EBT is accepted, just like regular CalFresh benefits.

Jovita & P-EBT

CHC’s Community Health Specialist, Jovita Avila, was featured in a P-EBT marketing campaign in 2022. Check out her videos(opens in new window) along with other families that use P-EBT throughout California.

Jovita Avila and P-EBT


  • Young Children (0-6 years old) are eligible for P-EBT if they lived in a county in which at least one school facility was closed or using a hybrid model and they were part of an existing CalFresh household during the eligibility window of October 1 2020-May 31 2021.
  • School-Aged Children are eligible for P-EBT 2.0 if they were enrolled at a school during the 2020-2021 school year that participated in the federal School Breakfast Program (SBP) or National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and assumed to attended school via all-distance learning or a hybrid of in-person and distance learning during the eligibility window of August 1 2020-May 31 2021.

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