The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program designed to provide cash benefits on an EBT card to be used to purchase food. This program is in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program's purpose is to provide benefits to children eligible for free and reduced-price meals through their school who lost access to food due to school closures and adjusted schedules during the 2022-2023 school year and the 2023 summer period.
Nebraska families are eligible for 2022-2023 School Year P-EBT benefits if:
Nebraska SNAP families with children under six are eligible for 2022-2023 Children in Child Care P-EBT benefits if the children received SNAP benefits in the month benefits are being issued. A child may not receive 2022-2023 School Year P-EBT and 2022-2023 Children in Child Care P-EBT for the same month.
To activate the P-EBT card, please call the number on the back of the card (877-247-6328). When asked for the primary cardholder's date of birth, enter the 8-digit date of birth for the oldest child receiving free or reduced-price lunches. For example, if the child's date of birth is January 1, 2010, enter 01/01/2010. The automated prompt will then ask for the primary cardholder's zip code. Enter the zip code of the address where the card was mailed. The prompt will ask you to select a PIN. Once the PIN is set, the card will be activated and ready to use.
* Note: If the oldest child's date of birth does not activate the card, please try the birthdates of the other children in the home.
To request a replacement P-EBT card, please call the number on the back of the card (877-247-6328) and select the prompt for lost/stolen/damaged cards. The P-EBT account is under the primary parent or guardian's name. When it asks for a date of birth, use the birthdate that activated the card. For the social security number, enter 0000. You will get transferred to a live customer service representative. When you speak to a representative, you must inform them you need a P-EBT card replacement, not a SNAP EBT card replacement. The card vendor will cancel the old card and transfer the balance to the replacement.
SNAP and non-SNAP school-age children are eligible for 2023 Summer P-EBT benefits if they were approved for free or reduced-price meals for the last month of school, May 2023.
Eligible children will receive a one-time payment of $120 for the 2023 summer period.