Due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT. The P-EBT helps families in Washington buy food when school is closed. 

“Children are allowed to get free meals at our various meal distribution sites this summer and get P-EBT benefits at the same time – they are separate programs,” said Ed Aylesworth, Director of Nutrition and Support Services. “We know that many families have been impacted by COVID-19 and now may be eligible to receive both of these benefits.”

Every eligible child may receive up to a maximum of $399 of P-EBT. Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT. These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries.

If your child already receives free or reduced-price meals in school, you can apply for the P-EBT benefits by going to or by calling 877-501-2233. To find out if your child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals, you can complete a Free/Reduced-Price Meal Application in English ( or Spanish ( 

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