WHAT IS IT
HOW TO APPLY
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What is P-EBT?

P-EBT stands for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer. P-EBT is a one-time payment available to Missouri families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. P-EBT is a reimbursement for the meals children ate at home during March, April, and May while schools were closed due to COVID-19.

This new program provides a maximum amount of $302 per eligible child (pre-K to 12th grade), which includes:

  • $57 for March
  • $125 for April
  • $120 for May

P-EBT payments will be uploaded to an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. If you received SNAP/Food Stamps in March, then P-EBT should have been automatically uploaded to your current EBT card for each eligible child.

If you did not receive SNAP/Food Stamps in March, you’ll need to apply for P-EBT.

Resource Parents who were caring for a foster child in March, April, or May can also apply for P-EBT.

How to Apply for P-EBT

1. If your family was enrolled in SNAP, sometimes called Food Stamps, in March, $302 will be automatically uploaded to your EBT card for each eligible child. No need to submit an application.

2. If your family was not enrolled in SNAP/Food Stamps in March, you may be eligible for P-EBT based on your family’s income. You must complete an application by June 30, 2020 July 7, 2020. You may complete an online application at EmergencyMealSurvey.com/MO or you can mail a paper application to:

DESE Food and Nutrition Services
205 Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102

P-EBT Questions & Answers

How do I apply for P-EBT?

If your family was enrolled in SNAP/Food Stamps in March, you do not need to submit an application. P-EBT payments will be automatically added to your EBT card for each eligible child soon.

If your family was not enrolled in SNAP/Food Stamps in March, you’ll need to complete an application by July 7, 2020. You can complete an application online at EmergencyMealSurvey.com/MO or you can mail a paper application to:

DESE Food and Nutrition Services
205 Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102

What is the P-EBT Amount?

The P-EBT payment amount is calculated based on the cost of free and reduced-price school lunch ($5.70 per eligible child per day). Therefore, the maximum amount for each month is:

  • March: $57 (10 days of remote learning)
  • April: $125 (22 days of remote learning)
  • May: $120 (21 days of remote learning)

Your family’s total payment will be calculated based on your eligibility in each month and the number of school-aged children in your household.

How will I receive my P-EBT payment and where can I use it?

P-EBT payments will be provided on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Once your application has been approved, the Department of Social Services will mail the EBT card to you.

P-EBT benefits may be used to buy food or food products, such seeds and plants to grow food, at any local retailer that accepts SNAP.  To find a retailer near you, use the SNAP Retailer Locator.

You may now also use your EBT card to buy groceries online through Amazon or Walmart. However, please note P-EBT benefits may not be used to pay for delivery fees.

My child’s school district is serving Grab & Go meals. Can we still receive P-EBT benefits?

Yes. P-EBT payments are a supplement to Grab & Go child meal sites. They do not replace them.

If you’re looking for locations where children (ages 18 and younger) can pick-up a free meal, check out the Department of Health and Senior Services Emergency Meals for Children Map.

If you’re in the St. Louis Region, you can also use the Operation Food Search Child Meals Map to find locations closest to you.

I still have questions about P-EBT. Where can I find more information?

The Department of Social Services has an FAQ with more information about P-EBT on their website.

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri can also help you with your application or help you navigate the program. Contact LSEM at 800-444-0514.

Last Updated: June 18, 2020