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P-EBT Benefits

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What are P-EBT food benefits?

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides benefits to certain children who receive free or reduced-price school lunches under the National School Lunch Act. P-EBT is a temporary food benefit program operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT only provides benefits for days that students lack access to an in-school lunch. P-EBT provides $6.82 per each school day that children are engaged in remote learning.

Who is eligible for P-EBT benefits?

All CPS students, regardless of income or citizenship status, are eligible for P-EBT.
By what date should I have received my card? Will this be the only card I receive?
      • There is a known delay in P-EBT card delivery. 
      • Families will receive one card per qualifying student.
      • Once a family receives their P-EBT card, this will be the only card they will need to receive their P-EBT benefits. All future deposits for the P-EBT benefit will be made to the same card.

By what date will my card be loaded with funds? How frequently should funds be loaded on to my card?
      • Benefits will load on to the card monthly. 
      • By April, the card will be loaded with a distribution from September 2020 to December 2020. 
      • In April, the card will be loaded with a distribution for January 2021 through March 2021.
      • Beginning in May, the card will be loaded monthly with the benefit for the remainder of the school year.

Benefits will be issued between the 11th and the 22nd of each month going by the first letter of the student’s last name. Students’ benefits will be issued on the same day in subsequent months so your family can plan your food budget.
For more information, please call Healthy CPS Hotline at 773-553-KIDS (5437)

Dear CPS Families,


As part of the U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CPS students are now eligible for food benefits as a result of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). Through P-EBT, eligible school children receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits in the form of funds loaded on an EBT card that can be used like a debit card to purchase food at any grocery store that accepts Link cards.


All CPS students, regardless of income or citizenship status, are eligible for P-EBT. Families will receive P-EBT cards automatically and do not need to complete an application. Each child will receive their own card mailed to their primary address in Aspen. Please ensure your address is up to date in order to receive this benefit. 


Cards will be mailed in March and should arrive in an unmarked envelope. Families should keep their P-EBT card because future benefits will continue to be loaded onto the same card.


For additional information on this program, please view the FAQs, call the Healthy CPS Hotline at 773-553-KIDS or complete the Healthy CPS Encounter form.




Estimadas familias de CPS:


Debido a la pandemia del COVID-19, el gobierno federal ha permitido que todos los estudiantes de CPS reciban beneficios de alimentos, bajo el programa de Transferencia Electrónica de Beneficios por Pandemia (P-EBT). A través del mismo, los estudiantes elegibles reciben temporalmente beneficios de emergencia en forma de fondos que se cargan en una tarjeta EBT, que puede utilizarse como una tarjeta de débito para comprar alimentos en cualquier tienda que acepte tarjetas Link.


Todos los estudiantes de CPS, independientemente de sus ingresos o estado de ciudadanía, califican para el P-EBT. No se requiere presentar una solicitud para recibir la tarjeta, y la misma será enviada por correo a cada estudiante a la dirección principal registrada en Aspen. Asegúrese de que su dirección esté actualizada para poder recibir este beneficio. 

La tarjeta se enviará durante marzo en un sobre sin marcar. Las familias deben guardarla, ya que se seguirá cargando los futuros fondos en la misma tarjeta.


Para obtener información adicional sobre este programa, lea estas preguntas frecuentes, llame a la línea directa de Healthy CPS al 773-553-KIDS, o complete este formulario de Healthy CPS para solicitar asistencia.