North Carolina P-EBT


North Carolina has been one of the first four states to be approved for P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer). On Monday, April 20TH, Governor Roy Cooper announced the distribution of P-EBT. Outlined below are the component:

  • P-EBT will help families purchase food for children impacted by school closings due to COVID-19.
  • The program provides the benefit on an EBT card to North Carolina families whose children are eligible for free and reduced lunch at school.
  • NCDHHS will begin distributing benefits in the coming weeks. 
  • Families will receive $250 in P-EBT benefits per child, provided in two installments, with the possibility of an additional benefit if North Carolina schools are closed beyond May 15.
  • Families will not need to apply for the P-EBT program. P-EBT eligible families already receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits will receive an additional benefit on their existing EBT card.
  • P-EBT eligible families not already enrolled in FNS will be mailed a new EBT card in the next few weeks. Families who receive a new EBT card will receive a letter from DHHS in the mail explaining how to activate and use their card. 

The table below can be used as a reference for the above information.

Children enrolled in public school who receive free/reduced lunchChildren not enrolled in public school
Family currently receives SNAPBenefits will be automatically deposited onto their EBT cardChildren who are not school age ineligible for the P-EBT supplement
Family currently does not receive SNAPAn EBT card will be sent by mail along with an explanation of P-EBT.Children who are not school age are ineligible for P-EBT, however the family may apply for SNAP benefits to determine overall eligibility for the program