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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

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program helps families purchase food for children whose access to free or reduced-priced meals at school has been impacted by COVID-19 because students are learning virtually, outside of brick-and-mortar schools. P-EBT is a collaboration between the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Instruction.

The P-EBT benefits will be provided through the current EBT system. EBT is an electronic system that replaced paper food stamp coupons with a card that is like debit card. Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT) provides a benefit on an EBT, or Electronic Benefits Transfer, card. The P-EBT card functions like a standard EBT card. The P-EBT card can be used to purchase food items at EBT authorized retailers, including most major grocery stores.

Families do not need to apply for P-EBT. Eligible families already receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits will receive an additional benefit on their existing EBT card. Eligible families who do not have an FNS or P-EBT card will be mailed a card.

For more information about P-EBT eligibility, about the program, who is eligible, and how families will receive the benefit, please visit

More information about the PEBT benefit.

Food Distribution: Other sites

  • Durham Public Schools is distributing meals to ALL children 1-18, even if the child is not a Durham Public Schools student. Families may pick up meals at the following 18 sites daily Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., including breakfasts and hot lunches for the weekdays and extra breakfasts and lunches that can be reheated offered on Fridays for the weekend. EATS is offering delivery of these meals for families who can not pick them up. Find more information.
  • No Kid Hungry – Text 877-877 “FOOD” for information
  • Memorial Holy Church, 420 E. Piedmont Ave, Durham: Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
  • Durham Neighbors Free Lunch, Geer Street Garden, 644 Foster St, Durham: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • You can fill in this form to receive or donate food from Food Not Bombs 919.
  • Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC Searchable Database

Page updated February 23, 2021