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Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)

Food benefits for families during COVID-19

What is P-EBT?

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a new program that give food benefits to children who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals because of COVID-19 school closures in March, April and May 2020. P-EBT benefits can be used to buy food at all stores that accept EBT.

Will my child get P-EBT?

Children who would have received free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) in Nevada are eligible. This includes children who attend schools that offer free meals to all. Benefits will be issued automatically. There is no application.

How much will my child receive?

Each eligible child will receive $5.70 per day for each school day missed in March, April, and May 2020, as long as the child was enrolled and eligible for the NSLP.

Who? Families that receive SNAP Benefits Families that receive TANF Benefits All other eligible children
How? On your current EBT card On your current EBT card On a new EBT card (in the name of the individual who enrolled the eligible child/children in school) mailed to your house.
When? In one payment, Benefits will be issued beginning August 30 through September 8, 2020 In one payment, Benefits will be issued beginning August 30 through September 8, 2020 In one payment, Benefits will be issued beginning August 30 through September 8, 2020

If you have not received a P-EBT card and/or benefit by mid-September, call the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services P-EBT Information Line at  775-684-8740 in Northern Nevada or 702-486-9640 in Southern Nevada. Operating hours for the P-EBT Information Line are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Other important things to know:

  • Your immigration status does not matter. Using P-EBT does not affect your or your child’s immigration status. The public charge rule does not apply to P-EBT.
  • You can use other nutrition programs like summer meals, SNAP, and WIC, while using P-EBT. You can also continue to get school meals from your enrolled school.
  • You cannot give your card to another person or household to use.


Please contact the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services.
Northern Nevada: 775-684-8740
Southern Nevada: 702-486-9640

1$ = 6 Meals

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Three Square Food Bank (Three Square) is registered with the Secretary of State and qualified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, and a member of Feeding America. Established in 2007, Three Square is Southern Nevada’s only food bank and the area’s largest hunger-relief organization. Our mission is to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. Your charitable contribution to Three Square is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.