Pandemic EBT (2.0)

P-EBT 2.0 cards for eligible young children who got CalFresh between October 2020 and January 2021 were automatically mailed beginning early July 2021 through August 2021.... P-EBT 2.0 cards for eligible school age children will be automatically mailed beginning early August 2021 through November 2021.  P-EBT 2.0 cards for eligible young children who got CalFresh between February 2021 and May 2021 will be automatically mailed beginning in November 2021. All remaining cards for both age groups will be mailed in December 2021.

Cards will be mailed by age group in alphabetical order based on the first name of the eligible child. There is NO P-EBT 2.0 application.

Children eligible for free school meals based on their attendance at a school where all children can get free breakfast, lunch, or both, are also eligible for P-EBT. This is true even if the child did not individually apply for free or reduced-price school meals.

Families who feel they do not need P-EBT benefits can choose to not accept P-EBT benefits by destroying their card before using it.

Do not throw your card away as it will be reloaded with additional benefits. Each eligible child will receive their own P-EBT 2.0 card.

P-EBT 2.0 does not:

  • Require sign-up or an application;
  • Affect other benefits you may be receiving;
  • Impact immigration or make the recipient a public charge;

For more information, please visit the P-EBT website at

Summer P-EBT:

California’s Summer P-EBT plan has been approved! All eligible children will receive a standard summer P-EBT benefit of $375, which will be reloaded on existing P-EBT 2.0 cards in December 2021. School children who were eligible to receive free or reduce price school meals at a school participating in the federal meal programs at the end of school year 2020-21 will be eligible to receive summer P-EBT benefits. California also allowed families to submit a free or reduce price meal application to become newly eligible for summer P-EBT during the summer. Young children who are getting CalFresh food benefits will also receive summer P-EBT benefits.

P-EBT Help:

Families that have already received a P-EBT card and need assistance with PIN set-up, need to request a replacement card, or did not receive their card in the mail as expected, may contact the P-EBT Helpline at (877) 328-9677 (M-F, 6am to 8pm) for help.

Families that have not received a P-EBT card but have questions about their P-EBT eligibility can also contact the P-EBT Helpline at (877) 328-9677 (M-F, 6am to 8pm).

P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions



“P-EBT is a program by CDSS and CDE, funded by the USDA, an equal opportunity employer