In July 2020, thousands of New York City families with public school-aged children will receive $420 in food benefits. The program applies to every public school family in New York City, regardless of income.
The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer program (P-EBT) is intended to help families buy groceries while children learn remotely from home due to COVID-19.
For families that are interested in donating their benefits to a family in need, please don’t throw out your card — share the benefits!
Here’s what you need to know:
- In July, you will receive a P-EBT card by mail in the amount of $420.
- The card is non transferable and must be used on food products.
- You can use the card to buy food for your family, buy and donate food, or buy food and make a monetary donation to a food service program.
Where to Use Your P-EBT Card
The EBT card is used like a debit card to buy food at authorized stores. To check whether your grocery store is a SNAP retailer or to locate SNAP retailers visit: SNAP Retailer Locator
Are you a grocer? Promote use of P-EBT in your store.
SNAP grocers in District 4:
|1233 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10028
(Between 83rd & 84th St. on Lexington Ave.)
|1074 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021
(Between 75th & 76th St. on Lexington Ave.)
|966 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10022
(On 53rd St. and 1st Ave.)
|578 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016
(Between 38th & 39th St. on 3rd Ave.)
|528 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016
(Between 35th & 36th St. on 3rd Ave)
|355 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10010
(Between 20th & 21st St. on 1st Ave.)
|1343 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128
(Between 89th & 90th St. on Lexington Ave.)
|1365 3rd Ave, E 78th St, New York, NY 10021
(Between 78th & 79th St. on 3rd Ave.)
|1446 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021
(Between 75th & 76th St. on 2nd Ave.)
|748 2nd Ave, E 40th St, New York, NY 10017
(Between 40th & 41st St. on 2nd Ave.)
Morton Williams Supermarkets
|East 87th Street, 1211 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128
(Between 87th & 88th St. on Madison Ave.)
|1251 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021
(Between 72nd & 73rd St. on 3rd Ave.)
|1066 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10065
(Between 63rd & 64th St. on 3rd Ave.)
|908 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10017
(Between 48th & 49th St. on 2nd Ave.)
Sharing Your P-EBT Benefits
There is no way to transfer food benefits from your card to someone else or to return your card. However, if you would like to share your food benefits with others in need, you have options:
- You can buy food to give to a local food provider (at a grocer listed above)
- You can use your P-EBT card to buy food for your family, then donate the equivalent $420 to a local food provider
For more information on food resources in NYC, visit the Coronavirus NYC Food Resource Guide for your neighborhood:
For more answers to frequently asked questions on the P-EBT program, visit: https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Pandemic-EBT.asp
About P-EBT Food Benefits
P-EBT food benefits provide families with access to food that their children would have access to under the National School Lunch Act, if not for school closures in March due to COVID-19. $420 is the maximum amount of P-EBT one child could receive for the March through June period.
P-EBT benefits will expire one year after they are issued, but you should save your EBT card in the case that schools remain closed and more funds are distributed.
Receiving Your Benefits
You do not and cannot apply for P-EBT food benefits. Benefits will be automatically distributed to eligible children.
All children who would have received free or reduced-price lunches if schools did not close are eligible. In NYC, this includes every public school student. Foster children and children who are non-citizens that receive free lunch at school are eligible, as well.
P-EBT food benefits come on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.
Families that receive SNAP and/or TA benefits already received the P-EBT benefits for each eligible child in May or June. These benefits were added to their SNAP balance on the household’s existing EBT card.
Families with children who receive Medicaid benefits and are eligible for P-EBT will receive the food benefits on the Medicaid Common Benefit Identification Card (CBIC) of the parent or eldest, eligible child of the household. You must have a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access P-EBT using your CBIC.
Families with eligible children who did not receive P-EBT benefits on a SNAP, TA, or Medicaid card will receive a P-EBT card in the mail for each eligible child.