Will there be another round of Florida P-EBT benefits in 2021? When can parents apply for the new round of P-EBT benefits? How much will each child receive in the new 2020-2021 school year? These are some of the questions we have received from our readers regarding the Florida P-EBT program. As a result, we have created this Florida P-EBT for 2021 guide to help you through the process and answer questions about the program.
First, we will explain what the P-EBT program is about.
Furthermore, we will provide an update on the P-EBT extension for the 2020-2021 school year and what to expect.
Also, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about the Florida P-EBT program.
For extra SNAP benefits approved by Congress, see our post on Extra Food Stamp for Florida 2021.
This post will cover:
- What is P-EBT?
- Florida P-EBT 2021 School Year
- Florida P-EBT FAQs
What is P-EBT?
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits to households with children who would have received free or reduced-price school lunches if not for school closure.
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) runs the program.
The DCF worked with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to issue P-EBT to eligible households.
The first round of Florida P-EBT benefits were issued for pandemic-related school closures from March through June 2020.
So far, the state of Florida has issued P-EBT benefits to more than 2.2 million children in the amount of $687,738,431.
Who is eligible for Florida P-EBT?
Families who are eligible for the free and reduced-price school meals program under
the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to receive Florida P-EBT.
To be eligible for the free and reduced-price school meals program, your household must meet one of the following requirements:
- You are currently receiving SNAP (food assistance), TANF (cash assistance), or Medicaid, and a child is enrolled in a school participating in the National School Lunch Program;
- Your child attends a Community Eligibility Provision school or is enrolled in Provision school; and
- You the parent applied and was approved with the school district for your child to receive free and reduced-price school meals.
Florida P-EBT for 2021 School Year
The P-EBT program has been approved to extend into the 2020-2021 school year with the stimulus bill passed in December.
In addition, the United States Department of Education has approved states to begin offering P-EBT for the new school year starting in October 2020.
However, the Florida DCF has not released dates for when benefits will be released for the new School year.
If your child is eligible, contact your school for more information or call your local DCF office.
We will provide an update to this article as soon as the payment schedule is announced.
How do I check my Florida P-EBT Balance?
To check the balance on your Florida P-EBT Card, you should call the customer service number at the back of your card.
The number to call is 1-888.356.3281.
In addition, you can check your last purchase receipt. The balance on your card should appear at the bottom of your last transaction receipt.
Florida P-EBT FAQs
Here are the most frequently asked Florida P-EBT questions.
Who Should Apply for Florida P-EBT Benefits?
If your family is currently receiving Florida Food Stamps, you may not need to apply for P-EBT.
The Florida DCF will work with the Florida Department of Education to get the names of eligible children.
If they can match your child’s name exactly, your child’s P-EBT benefits will automatically be added to your existing SNAP card.
P-EBT benefits have been issued by the Florida Department of Children and Families for School Year 2019-20.
The deadline for the department to issue these benefits was September 30, 2020.
However, if you think your child was eligible and did not receive benefits, please contact the Florida Department of Children and Families at 1-833-311-0321.
For the 2020/2021 school year, the DCF has not yet indicated when P-EBT benefits will be issued.
What Should I Do if my Eligible Child Did Not Receive P-EBT Benefits?
If you believe that your child is eligible for P-EBT but either did not receive any benefits or received benefits in an amount that they think is incorrect, here’s what you can do:
First, call DCF’s special P-EBT number at 1- 833-311-0321 to discuss the problem.
However, if you call the number and the issue is not resolved, DCF has an appeal process that should be available to P-EBT claimants.
For more information about DCF’s appeal process, click here.
How much will I get in Flordia P-EBT benefits?
If your child was receiving free and reduced-price school meals prior to the school
closures on March 16, 2020, you will receive a one-time benefit of $5.70 per day and per child.
If your child was eligible for the free and reduced-price school meals program after March 16, 2020, you will receive a pro-rated amount based on the month of eligibility.
In 2021, the amount is expected to remain the same for eligible students.
Here’s the payment amount, by period issued, per child.
|Free and Reduced-Price School Meal Program Eligibility Date||
P-EBT Benefit Amount
|Prior to April 1st, 2020||$313.50|
|April 1 – April 30, 2020||$245.10|
|May 1 – May 29, 2020||$119.70|
When will I get my Florida P-EBT benefits?
How you receive your Florida P-EBT benefits depends on whether you are currently receiving SNAP benefits or not.
If your family is currently receiving Florida food stamps, you will get P-EBT benefits on your existing EBT card when possible.
However, if your family is not currently receiving SNAP benefits, you have to submit an application to the DCF.
It is important to note that the application deadline for P-EBT benefits for the 2019/2020 school year may have already passed.
Therefore, you may have to wait until applications are opened for P-EBT benefits for the 2020/2021 school year.
What can I purchase with P-EBT benefits?
Households can use P-EBT benefits to purchase the same list of foods allowed under the Florida food stamps program.
This includes breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy, and plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat.
However, households are prohibited from using P-EBT benefits to buy nonfood items.
This includes pet foods, soaps, paper products, household supplies, grooming items, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, vitamins, medicines, food to eat in the store, or hot foods.
How do I request a replacement Florida P-EBT card?
If you have received a P-EBT card and need to replace it, here’s how.
First, call 1-888-356- 3281.
Next, press “Option 2” to report your P-EBT card as lost, stolen, damaged, or if you
did not receive your P-EBT card.
Furthermore, you can request a replacement is through the mobile app.
However, this will only work if you have already scanned the QR code on the card carrier and downloaded the EBT APP.
What if a child/children resides in multiple residences?
If you currently receive Florida Food Stamps, TANF, or Medicaid and have a child receiving free and reduced-price school meals, here’s what to expect:
The P-EBT benefit will be mailed to the address on file with the Department of Children and Families.
However, if you are not receiving Florida Food Stamps, TANF, or Medicaid, but you have a child who is eligible for the free and reduced-price school meal program, here’s what to expect:
The P-EBT benefit will be mailed to the address on file with the school district.
Also, the P-EBT benefit will be issued to the guardian of the child at the mailing address on file in the child’s school district.
My child attends a private school. Will my child be eligible for Florida P-EBT?
The Florida P-EBT program is only available for students attending a Florida public school (including Florida public charter schools).
Does the P-EBT Program cost anything?
No, there is no charge for participating in the program.
The P-EBT benefits are entirely federally funded.
The State of Florida does not provide any of the funds for P-EBT benefits.
However, the state does incur some modest costs to operate the program.
Does P-EBT replace free school meals from Florida’s Summer Breakspot program?
No, P-EBT is an extra program in addition to the summer feeding program.
Also, the Florida P-EBT program does not replace grab-and-go meals from the Summer BreakSpot Program.
Finally, families may use both as resources to put food on the table and help feed their kids.
Will Using P-EBT Impact Immigration Status?
Immigration status is not considered in determining P-EBT eligibility.
Also, using P-EBT is not considered in a public charge and does not affect a parent’s or child’s immigration status.
Florida P-EBT For 2021 Summary
P-EBT is a benefit for children who received free or reduced-price school meals in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school year, but their school was closed.
Eligible Families should have received benefits in April – May 2020.
Also, if you did not receive your P-EBT benefits, call the DCF.
In addition, if the amount you received is a mistake, you should contact the DCF for correction.
Furthermore, the P-EBT program has been approved for the 2020-2021 school year with the stimulus bill passed in December.
However, the Florida DCF has not released dates for when benefits will be paid for the current school year.
Finally, if there are new developments regarding the program, we will update you here.
We hope this post on Florida P-EBT For 2021 was helpful to you.
If you have any additional questions about your Florida P-EBT For 2021 or Florida Food Stamps, please leave those in the comments section below.