Pandemic EBT Program

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Get help buying food
while schools are closed

Because schools are closed due to COVID-19,
children who are eligible for free or reduced-price
meals can get up to $365 in food benefits
through the Pandemic EBT program.

Where can families apply?

Families should look out for a message from their school district or local community based organization about how to apply in mid to late May. Please refer to the P-EBT website for questions regarding this program.

Use it like a debit card.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. If you already have this card, you do not need to apply online.

How will families get their P-EBT benefits?

Most families with children who applied for CalFresh or Medi-Cal benefits do not need to apply. They will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020 through May 22, 2020.

Families with children who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by May 22, 2020 must apply online before June 30, 2020.

*Students can still pick up to-go meals if they have P-EBT benefits.

Where can families get more information?

More information can be found in the County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services media release, Pandemic food assistance on its way to eligible Riverside County children.