WHAT ARE P-EBT BENEFITS?
P-EBT provides food benefits to children that would have received free or reduced-price school meals, if not for COVID-related closures and remote learning during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.
HOW TO USE YOUR P-EBT BENEFITS
Your P-EBT card looks and works just like a debit card, with a PIN that you registered. P-EBT dollars are spent in the same way as SNAP, or EBT, dollars. Check the balance of your card at connectebt.com or call 1-888-328-6399.
Visit an authorized retail food store or farmers’ market to purchase food for the household such as:
- -Fruits and vegetables
- -Meat, poultry, and fish
-Breads and cereals
-Snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages
- -Seeds and plants, which produce food
Families may receive $82 per child if attendance was reduced by 1-12 days in the school year or $132 per child if attendance was reduced by more than 12 days in the school year. Read more from New York State here.
USING YOUR P-EBT BENEFITS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
You have the choice of where you’d like to spend your benefits. You can use your pandemic benefits to support the farms, small businesses, and employers in your own community.
Buying a ripe tomato grown at a local farm will taste better and be juicier than a tomato shipped from afar. Many local food vendors also offer online shopping, curbside pick-up, and local delivery! When you spend $1 on food at a conventional grocery store, only about $0.17 goes to the farmer. When you spend $1 at a farmers’ market or retail location, the farmer earns almost the whole dollar.
Visit otda.ny.gov for more info about receiving your benefits.
GET 2X THE BENEFITS WITH DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS
Filter below to find locations that offer Double Up Food Bucks, a program that gives you double the SNAP/ P-EBT benefits when you buy fruits and vegetables. For more info, visit: doubleupnys.com