Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT)


P-EBT provides supplemental food assistance benefits to students who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the program is to make sure no child goes hungry by missing out on school meals. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Department of Education (MDE) partnered during the 2019-2020 school year to provide these critical benefits to over 900,000 students. We are excited to be partnering again for the 2020-2021 school year to provide these benefits to students to help reduce food insecurity.



The P-EBT program has specific eligibility requirements for both schools and students.   

  • Eligible schools must:
    • Be closed or have reduced in-person learning for at least 5 consecutive days in the current school year (beginning no earlier than September 9, 2020).
    • Be a provider of the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.
  • Eligible students must:
    • Be enrolled in a Michigan school.
    • Participate in a virtual or hybrid school schedule.
    • Be eligible for free or reduced lunch or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school.


School Information

The attached notice, regarding pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for school year 20-21, was shared by Michigan Department of Education (MDE) with Local and Intermediate School District Superintendents and Public School Academy Directors.  MDHHS has not received approval from our federal partners on our state plan.  At this time, we cannot answer case specific inquires.  Once we have the approval, we anticipate that the process will move quickly.   We will share more information as it becomes available.

P-EBT School Communication