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Food and Other Resources for COVID-19 Related Quarantine

If you/someone you know has been directed by a medical professional or state/local public health official to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 but need financial or social supports to do so, you/they may be eligible for assistance covered by the NC Department of Health and Human Services at no cost to them. This form will help you determine eligibility. 

P-EBT for Families Whose Children Eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch

Pandemic Electronic Benefits or ‘P-EBT’ is a program offered by the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Instruction. It helps families buy food for children who are no longer able to get free or reduced-price meals at school because of COVID-19. The program gives food benefits to children on a P-EBT card or by adding P-EBT benefits to a family’s SNAP EBT card. The P-EBT benefits can be used to buy food at stores that take SNAP.

  1. Is the first round of P-EBT over? YES. P-EBT benefits went out in the spring and fall of 2020. They were for children who were enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program at a public school or North Carolina charter school that closed or had reduced days or hours due to COVID-19 during the 2019-2020 school year.
  2. Will there be another round of P-EBT? YES. The P-EBT program will now continue through the end of September 2021. This second round is called P-EBT 2.0. Details of this round of the program have not been shared yet. Please check the NC DHHS P-EBT page regularly for updates, such as when these benefits will be released or how much they will be.
  3. Who is eligible for P-EBT 2.0? Your child is eligible for P-EBT benefits for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year if:
  • Your child received P-EBT benefits in the spring and fall and attends a public school that has had virtual learning or reduced in-school instruction time due to the pandemic.
  • Your child received P-EBT benefits in the spring and fall and attends a charter school that participates in the National School Lunch program and has had virtual learning or reduced in-school instruction time due to the pandemic.
  • Your child is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and attends a public or charter school during the 2020-2021 school year but did not receive P-EBT in the spring or fall.
  • Immigrant status does not matter for P-EBT.
  1. If my child received P-EBT in the fall, do I have to apply for P-EBT 2.0? NO. Eligible families who got P-EBT in the spring and fall will get the P-EBT benefits on their original P-EBT card. Eligible families that get SNAP benefits will get the P-EBT benefits on their EBT card. ​
  2. My child did not get P-EBT in the spring or fall. How do I apply for P-EBT 2.0?  If your child is enrolled in public school or a charter school that participates in the free or reduced lunch program and school has been closed or had reduced hours, they should automatically be enrolled in P-EBT 2.0 if:
    • They are a foster child
    • They are in a public-school based Head Start program
    • Your household gets SNAP benefits

If you are not sure if your child qualifies to get P-EBT 2.0, you should fill out the free and reduced school meal Lunch Application. The information you provide can be used to decide if your child will receive P-EBT 2.0. Filling out the lunch application may also help your child’s school get more funds such as Title 1.

  1. What should I do if I lost or destroyed my P-EBT card? Contact the North Carolina EBT Call Center at 1-888-622-7328 to order a replacement card. To activate the replacement card, visit ebtedge.com or use the EBT-edge mobile app (download on Google Play or Apple Store).

If you have questions about P-EBT cards or benefits, call the NC EBT Call Center at 1-866-719-0141.

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Page updated January 5, 2021