Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer

What is P-EBT?

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) helps families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were not closed this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

P-EBT can be used to buy groceries.

Families with qualifying children will receive benefits one of two ways as explained in the frequently asked questions section below. No application is needed for P-EBT.

Click here to read the full press release from the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services. 

 

PANDEMIC BENEFITS CAN HELP
OKLAHOMA FAMILIES BUY FOOD!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is eligible?
All children who received free or reduced-price school meals as of March 2020.

Do you have to meet SNAP guidelines to get P-EBT?
Families are not required to meet SNAP financial or nonfinancial eligibility requirements.

Does P-EBT impact my citizenship status?
All children who were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals in March 2020 are eligible for P-EBT regardless of citizenship status.

Do I need to apply to get P-EBT?
There is no application for the P-EBT program. You should automatically qualify if your child received free or reduced-price school meals before schools closed. Please contact your school district’s child nutrition department if you don’t know if your child received free or reduced-price school meals during the spring 2020 semester.

If I qualify for free or reduced-price school meals now, but did not in March 2020, can I still get P-EBT?
Unfortunately, no. However, you should still contact your child’s school as soon as possible to apply for free or reduced-price school meals. You could qualify for any additional P-EBT benefits that might be issued in the future.

What if I’m not sure if my child received free or reduced-price school meals during the spring 2020 semester?
Please contact your school district’s child nutrition department if you don’t know if your child received free or reduced-price school meals during the spring 2020 semester. Please note that some schools are able to provide free meals to all students. Students at those schools are automatically enrolled for the P-EBT program and should receive the P-EBT benefit. This includes, but is not limited to, elementary school students at Tulsa Public Schools and all students at Oklahoma City Public Schools.

My child attended a school that offered free meals to all students. Will my family receive the P-EBT benefit?
Yes, students at schools that provided free meals to all students should be automatically enrolled and sent the P-EBT benefit. This includes, but is not limited to, elementary school students in Tulsa Public Schools and all students in Oklahoma City Public Schools. Please visit the “Using P-EBT Benefits” section below if you would like to learn how to use the benefit or if you would like to decline the benefit.

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How much money will I receive?
Families will receive a total of $250.80 per eligible child. P-EBT will be issued in three separate payments.

What months are benefits covering?
Benefits currently cover the days schools were closed in March-May 2020. Additional benefits might be issued at a later time if Congress extends the P-EBT program.

How will I receive benefits?
SNAP and other current EBT households: P-EBT benefits will be added to your current EBT card.

Non-SNAP/EBT households: You will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card in the mail. The outside envelope may not clearly indicate the contents so please be sure to keep a close eye on your mail.

When will I receive P-EBT benefits?
Benefits will be issued by August 30, 2020 to September 4, 2020, in three separate payments.

What should I do if I did not receive benefits?
If you believe you are eligible to receive benefits but have not yet received the benefits please wait until September 4, 2020. After this date, please contact the Oklahoma Department of Human Services at (405) 522-5050.

I have moved, do I need to update my address?
SNAP and other current EBT households: No, your P-EBT benefit should be added to your current EBT card.

Non-SNAP/EBT households: If you previously reported your new address to your child’s school you shouldn’t need to take additional action. If you did not report your new address to your child’s school, contact the Oklahoma Department of Human Services at (405) 522-5050.

It is after August 30, 2020 and I have not received the P-EBT benefit. Who should I contact?
Benefits will be issued by August 30, 2020 to September 4, 2020, in three separate payments. Contact the Oklahoma Department of Human Services at (405) 522-5050.

I received a letter addressed to my child stating that my child applied for SNAP benefits and/or is required to register for work. What should I do?
Some families may receive work requirements letters addressed to their minor children. These letters are automatically generated when SNAP cases are created due to federal requirements and were sent in error. Families who received these letters for their minor children may disregard them. However, if you receive a letter addressed to an adult in the home, they are likely pertaining to a case you have with OKDHS. Please do not disregard letters addressed to an adult in the home. If you have additional questions on this topic, please contact the Oklahoma Department of Human Services at (405) 522-5050.

What should I do if my card is lost or stolen?
Call the Oklahoma Department of Human Services at (405) 522-5050.

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Where can I use my P-EBT benefits?
You can use your P-EBT benefits at any store that accepts SNAP. To find stores in your area, please visit: http://www.okdhs.org/services/Pages/EBTFind.aspx

What can I purchase with my P-EBT benefits?
You may purchase food items including, but not limited to, fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, snacks for your kids, dairy products, eggs, cereal, rice, pasta, bread, and baby formula. You may not purchase items including, but not limited to, already prepared food, hot food, pet food, alcohol, tobacco, or vitamins. If using online shopping options, delivery fees and tips are not eligible expenses.

What happens to unused funds?
Unused funds will carry over from month to month. Benefits that are not used for over a year will be removed from the card.

What should I do with my P-EBT card once I have used the benefit?
SNAP and other current EBT households: Keep your card as you will continue to receive your normal benefits on the same card.

Non-SNAP/EBT households: Keep the card even if you have used the entire benefit. There could be additional benefits issued in the future.

Does using this benefit take it away from others in need?
P-EBT is available to all families who qualify and using the benefit will not take it away from other families in need. Not only does P-EBT help families directly, it helps our local economy as well! Using your benefit helps support stores in our state as well as the workers employed at those stores.

What should I do if I don’t think I need the benefit?
If you do not want the benefit, please contact the Oklahoma Department of Human Services at (405) 522-5050.

Please note: Not only does P-EBT help families directly, it helps our local economy as well! Using your benefit helps support stores in our state as well as workers employed at those stores. Using your benefits will not take it away from families in need.

Other Resources

Has COVID-19 impacted you and your family’s income? You may also be eligible for SNAP benefits.

If you are not currently enrolled, our trained SNAP specialists are available to handle your application process. The application takes about 30 minutes!

Call us toll free at 1 (877) 760-0114
Monday-Friday 8 AM – 8 PM
Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM

Burmese and Zomi application assistance available Wednesday-Friday 1:30 PM to 8 PM and Saturday 1 PM to 5 PM.

If you are already enrolled in SNAP and need to make changes, call DHS directly at 1-405-522-5050.

If you believe your EBT card has been lost or stolen, call 1-888-328-6551.

You can apply for SNAP online at any time. Click here to download the step-by-step guide guide before you start. Click here or the image above to start your application.

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