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Pandemic Relief Benefit for Families


Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a program that helps children who would have received free or reduced-price meals at school if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who qualify will receive a debit card preloaded with funds that can be used for groceries. All benefits should be disbursed by mid-October.


For the 2020-21 school year, schoolchildren must meet two important eligibility requirements:


• Children must have been enrolled in a school district that participates in a federal meal program where meals are served at a school, and
• Children must qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income and have turned in the free or reduced-priced meals application to school for 2020-21, OR be enrolled in a school that participated in the Community Eligible Provision, Provision 2 or Provision 3 federal program in 2020-21.


There is no application process for these benefits. Families will receive benefits automatically if their school has identified to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) that a student qualifies.


Please read the Frequently Asked Questions document for Details. To qualify for P-EBT in the fall of 2022, families need to complete the free or reduced-price meal application and return to their child’s school or apply online at by October 1, 2021.