Update: The data file has been delivered to DHW for benefit payments as of June 10, 2021. Families can expect to receive one Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card per child to be issued and sent separately via USPS from Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (FIS).

  • Letters will be sent to the address on record for the student at the school, to families starting the end of June
  • Once you receive your letter it may take up to 30 days to receive your card from FIS. Cards will be issued on a staggered basis and mailed to the same address on the letter

If your address was incorrect – please contact your local school district or school’s food service office to correct the address and have a new card sent, which will delay the issuance of a new card several weeks.


Through P-EBT, eligible school children receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits loaded on EBT cards that are used to purchase food. Children who would have received free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Act if their schools were not closed or operating with reduced hours or attendance for at least five consecutive days are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits.

Idaho State Department of Education is the lead agency for the Idaho School P-EBT.

A child is eligible for P-EBT benefits if two conditions are met:

  1. The child would be eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program were operating normally. This includes children who are:
    1. directly certified SY 2020-2021, or
    2. certified through submission of a household application processed by the child’s school district for SY 2020-2021, or
    3. enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school or a school operating under Provisions 2 breakfast and lunch
  2. The child does not receive free or reduced-price meals at the school because the school is closed or has been operating with reduced attendance or hours for at least five consecutive days in the current school year. Once the minimum five consecutive day threshold is met, children are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits for closures or reductions in hours due to COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions

Under the P-EBT program, families of children who receive free or reduced meals at school or attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school may receive financial assistance to replace school meals during the school year 2020-2021 due to COVID-19 school closures or schools with reduced attendance (hybrid classes) for a minimum of 5 consecutive days. The program will provide parents with an amount based on the Virtual or Hybrid Learning model each day that the school is closed or reduced attendance and child qualifies for P-EBT.

  • Parents who already receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or Food Stamps) or Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho (TAFI) benefits currently, automatically qualify. The funds will began arriving on a new P-EBT card, if attending an eligible school, beginning approximately June 2021.
  • Parents who do not receive SNAP or TAFI benefits, but whose children do qualify for free or reduced school meals and attending an eligible school, will receive a P-EBT card beginning approximately June 2021 through July 2021. If you are eligible for a P-EBT card, the local school district that your child attends will be providing information to the Idaho Superintendents Office for your issuance of the P-EBT benefit. No application is required by individual households.

Individuals who have general questions about the program are encouraged to read the information on this website. If you have specific questions about your eligibility call the school district your child attends.

Qualifying families will receive P-EBT support for students attending qualifying schools during August 2020 – June 2021.