P-EBT: Supplemental Food Assistance
The purpose of P-EBT is to provide food assistance to families with students who would have received free or reduced lunch while attending school but are not receiving these in school meals due to COVID-19 restrictions. The P-EBT program ended on May 11, 2023, per the end of the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE). P-EBT funds will not be available beyond the end of federal fiscal year 2023. As a result, states must issue all P-EBT benefits by Sept. 30, 2023. This applies to all P-EBT benefits including School Year 2022-23 and Summer 2023.
- Summer 2023 P-EBT issuance will be $120 per eligible student. This is a smaller amount than prior years, due to changes in the USDA program. To be eligible for Summer 2023 P-EBT, the student must be enrolled in an eligible school in May/June 2023 and meet socioeconomic requirements for free or reduced-price.
- States may not issue summer 2023 P-EBT benefits to children who did not attend an NSLP participating school at the end of the school year immediately preceding the summer (i.e., at the end of SY 22-23)
- All household inquiries regarding P-EBT will be directed to Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS).
Parents, guardians, and recipients may contact DHS at (833) 621-0737 or use the DHS P-EBT General Inquiry Request form for assistance. P-EBT specific information is found online at Illinois Department of Human Services P-EBT.