P-EBT Information

  • Pandemic - Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)

    The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program helps families purchase food for children whose access to free or reduced-priced meals at school has been impacted by COVID-19 because students are learning virtually, outside of brick-and-mortar schools. P-EBT is a collaboration between the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Instruction.

    The P-EBT benefits will be provided through the current EBT system. EBT is an electronic system that replaced paper food stamp coupons with a card that is like debit card. Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT) provides a benefit on an EBT, or Electronic Benefits Transfer, card. The P-EBT card functions like a standard EBT card. The P-EBT card can be used to purchase food items at EBT authorized retailers, including most major grocery stores.

    Families do not need to apply for P-EBT. Eligible families already receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits will receive an additional benefit on their existing EBT card. Eligible families who do not have an FNS or P-EBT card will be mailed a card.

    For more information about P-EBT eligibility, about the program, who is eligible, and how families will receive the benefit, please visit www.ncdhhs.gov/PEBT.


    • All Cabarrus County Schools participate in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.
    • Cabarrus County Schools does not administer the P-EBT program. If you have specific questions about your eligibility that are not answered below, please call 1-866-719-0141.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Eligibility and Amount (Infographic)

    Fact Sheet (English)

    Fact Sheet (Spanish)

    Click here to apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals



Last Modified on July 25, 2022