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Pandemic EBT Guidance for School Districts

More Support for Families

P-EBT Information
DSHS P-EBT Webpage

Due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the federal government launched Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) as a new option in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) provides food benefits to eligible families in order to replace meals that students would have received, if not for disruptions to in-person instruction or school facility closure. 

District Information

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released P-EBT information for School Year 2021–22, Children under 6, and Summer 2022. Washington has not received approval of our P-EBT plans. Families may be directed to the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) P-EBT webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Review the P-EBT FAQs, from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) website for additional details.

Other Food Benefits

  • This meal finder tool can help families find locations serving meals to children. Participating in these meal services does not prevent eligible children from getting P-EBT benefits. 
  • Contact your local school district to learn about free meal site locations in your area. 
  • Families can visit Washington Connection to see if you qualify for Basic Food benefits.      
  • Families with younger children may qualify for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. WIC provides food assistance to children up to the age of 5 and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

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