Important Update for P-EBT Food Benefits Covering the 2020-21 School Year
New York State continues to distribute Pandemic EBT food benefits to all households with eligible children who receive free school lunch under the National School Lunch Act. Here are important updates to the distribution as of January 14:
- Nearly all children in public school throughout the state, and children who attended New York City charter schools, who had their in-person attendance reduced during the 2020-21 school year due to the pandemic have been issued their P-EBT food benefits. You can check your family’s P-EBT food benefit transaction history by visiting www.connectebt.com or by calling 1-888-328-6399.
- OTDA is beginning to distribute P-EBT food benefits to students throughout the state who attended private schools during the 2020-21 academic year, based on the student roster data provided by their schools and school districts. Please note, OTDA is actively working to resolve possible discrepancies in student roster data.
- OTDA is preparing to distribute Summer P-EBT, which will provide all eligible students with $375 in food benefits. Please check back here for updates about these benefits.
Please note: Due to card production issues, some children who were recently issued P-EBT benefits may experience delays in receiving their P-EBT Food Benefit card. OTDA is working to resolve this issue and will provide more information on this website as it becomes available.
SNAP COVID-19 Information
Information on Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits and Supplemental Emergency Allotment (EA) of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits for eligible households.
- Frequently Asked Questions for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits
Answers to many commonly asked questions about the P-EBT food benefits for New York State residents.
- Group 1/Children Receiving SNAP or Temporary Assistance (Cash)
- Group 2/Children Enrolled in Medicaid
- Group 3/All Other Eligible Children
- Frequently Asked Questions for the Emergency Allotment of SNAP Benefits
Answers to many commonly asked questions about the Supplemental Emergency Allotment of SNAP Benefits.
- College Student Expanded SNAP Rules
Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which temporarily expands SNAP eligibility for students of higher education.
- Notice to All Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will automatically issue an Emergency supplemental SNAP benefit to households not already receiving the maximum benefit.