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Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer

Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)

Important information for parents or guardians of students that are qualified for free or reduced-price school meals for School Year 21/22. 


What is the Pandemic-EBT Program?

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) can help you purchase food if your children have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school closures for COVID- related emergencies or school absences during the 2021-2022 school year. P-EBT will work differently this year because of fewer COVID-related school closures and absences.

Who is eligible for P-EBT Benefits?

P-EBT eligibility is determined by:

  • your schoool's participation in the National School Lunch Program
  • your student's free or reduced-price school meal status
  • the days a school was closed due to COVID-19 or your student was remotely or virtually attending school due to an exclused COVID-19 absence
The P-EBT benefit is $7.10 per student per day
*We would encourage you to contact your local school if you would like to apply for free or reduced-proce meals. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year must be submitted online with your school or postmarked by May 6, 2022. Utahns Against Hunger ( has a tool for contacting your school.


Do I have to apply for P-EBT?

If a student missed school due to an excused COVID-19 absence on a day when the school was not closed, an application to receive the P-EBT benefit for those days must be submitted to the school. Please contact your school for more information.

Summer P-EBT?
The summer P-EBT program for the 2022 is not yet approved. 

What makes a school qualify for P-EBT?

What makes a student eligible for P-EBT?
  • Student must be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals; or
  • Must be enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 school


How are P-EBT benefits determined?

Benefits are determined by a school’s P-EBT qualifying date and the main student instruction model during each month.


How can I find out more about P-EBT?

Learn more about the P-EBT program in Utah by visiting:

Department of Workforce Services P-EBT Website


The website provides a current list of qualifying schools, Frequently Asked Questions, and contact information.